Drug Dependency

When someone has a drug dependency, the person is physically and mentally in need of a narcotic substance.


Addiction is a condition that can manifest even in the absence of drug dependence. It is characterised by a compulsive engagement with drugs despite the awareness of negative consequences. This behaviour pattern often includes a failure to cease drug use, neglect of social and work responsibilities due to the consumption of drugs and a persistent use of drugs despite the detrimental effects on one’s life and health.


Dependence on drugs, on the other hand, does not necessarily equate to addiction. It is possible for individuals to experience dependence as a physical response to substances, particularly in cases where medications are utilised to manage chronic medical conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes and glaucoma. Dependence is characterised by experiencing symptoms similar to those of addiction, including a developed tolerance to the substance, which necessitates increasing doses for the same effect and encountering physical withdrawal symptoms upon discontinuation of the substance use.

In the past, addiction was often seen as a moral failing or a lack of willpower. However, our understanding of addiction and its underlying causes has evolved significantly. We now recognise that drug dependency is a complex medical condition that requires specialised treatment.

When someone becomes dependent on drugs, it means their body and brain have adapted to the presence of the drug. This leads to a physical and psychological need for the substance to feel “normal.” Suddenly stopping drug use can result in withdrawal symptoms, which can be both physically and mentally distressing. This is why seeking professional help at a rehab or addiction treatment center is crucial.

Rehabs are specialised facilities where individuals with drug dependency can receive comprehensive treatment and support. These facilities provide a safe and controlled environment for detoxification, which is the process of removing drugs from the body. Medical professionals are available to manage withdrawal symptoms and ensure the person’s safety throughout the process.

In addition to detoxification, rehabs offer various therapies to address the underlying causes of drug dependency. Psychotherapy, such as individual counselling and group therapy, helps individuals gain insight into their addiction and develop coping strategies. Behavioural therapies, such as cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), are also commonly used to modify unhealthy patterns of thinking and behavior.

Scientific progress in the last twenty-five years has significantly enhanced our understanding of drug abuse and addiction, highlighting them as major societal challenges. We’ve learned that drug abuse is preventable and addiction is a treatable chronic disease of the brain that can relapse. Advances have provided detailed insights into how drugs affect the brain and behaviour, particularly through their interaction with proteins known as receptors. Scientists have identified receptors for every major drug of abuse and mapped the cellular sites where substances such as cocaine, marijuana, nicotine and opiates interact with the brain, such as the dopamine re-uptake transporter for cocaine and methamphetamine. This research has uncovered specific brain circuits and processes involved in the experiences of euphoria, addiction and withdrawal, demonstrating that addiction leads to structural and functional changes in the brain.

What is Drug Dependency? - Addiction Guide

When someone has a drug dependency, the person is physically and mentally in need of a narcotic substance. Get help from qualified counsellors.

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    Rehab care is a good option if you are at risk of experiencing strong withdrawal symptoms when you try stop a substance. This option would also be recommended if you have experienced recurrent relapses or if you have tried a less-intensive treatment without success.


    If you're committed to your sobriety but cannot take a break from your daily duties for an inpatient program. Outpatient rehab treatment might suit you well if you are looking for a less restricted format for addiction treatment or simply need help with mental health.


    Therapy can be good step towards healing and self-discovery. If you need support without disrupting your routine, therapy offers a flexible solution for anyone wishing to enhance their mental well-being or work through personal issues in a supportive, confidential environment.

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    Are you having persistent feelings of being swamped, sad or have sudden surges of anger or intense emotional outbursts? These are warning signs of unresolved trauma mental health. A simple assesment by a mental health expert could provide valuable insights into your recovery.

    Finding the right rehab close to you is simple with WeDoRecover. Our network includes the finest rehab centers, ensuring personalised, quality care for your recovery needs. Let Gareth Carter and our empathetic team help guide you to a center that feels right for you, offering expert care and support. Start your healing today by choosing a rehab that's not just close to you, but also that truly cares about your loved ones recovery.

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