9 Facts About Addiction People Usually Get Wrong

This blog was originally posted July 18, 2017 on Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, written by Sarah Royal
9 Facts About Addiction People Usually Get Wrong

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There’s a lot of stigma and misunderstanding with substance use disorders, treatment and recovery. But you should never let social judgment stand in the way of getting your child the help he or she needs and deserves. Here are nine facts to know so you can be better prepared to help your child.

An adolescent may start out doing drugs occasionally or may be prescribed medicine by a doctor. Over time, continued use rewires the brain to compulsively seek substances, despite negative consequences. With opioids, a person may initially like the euphoria, but soon, the drug is needed just to feel 'normal' and not get sick from withdrawal.

LEARN MORE: Addiction is a chronic medical disease of the brain.

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Changing substance use behavior is a process. In the beginning your child may not think there is a problem. Next, she may realize it is a problem, but feel conflicted about addressing it. Then she needs to figure out how to deal with it and take steps in a healthier direction, including getting professional help, changing friends, learning drug refusal skills and more.

LEARN MORE: Find out how you can best suggest treatment to your child.

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