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Cycles of Addiction

Addiction Cycle

The Stages of Addiction As a country, we have a serious addiction cycle problem — the use of alcohol, illegal drugs, and/or prescribed medications in ways that produce harm to ourselves and those around us. These harms are significant financially with total costs of more than $420 billion annually and more than $120 billion in healthcare. But these problems are not simply financial burdens — they deteriorate the quality of our health, educational, and social systems, and they are debilitating and killing us — particularly our young through alcohol-related car crashes, drug-related violence, and drug overdoses. [1] What is substance use disorder? SUD happens when a person’s use of alcohol or another substance (drug) leads to health issues or problems at work, school, or home. This disorder is also called substance abuse. The exact cause of substance use disorder is not known. Is addiction hereditary? A person’s genes, the action of the drug, peer pressure, emotional distress, anxiety, depression, and environmental stress can all be factors. Many people who develop a drug or alcohol abuse have depression, attention deficit disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, or other mental problems. A stressful or chaotic lifestyle and low self-esteem are also common. Individuals who grow up seeing their parents using drugs…