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Certain substances such as alcohol, opioids, inhalants, tobacco, etc, can change the mood and behavior of a person. Some use these substances occasionally for recreational purposes whereas some use these excessively. The use of these substances frequently and excessively can lead to a substantial impairment. It can affect one’s personal, professional, and social life.
This unusual behavior is not only limited to substance use but also gambling, gaming, shopping, and exploring the internet. Also known as ‘Substance Use Disorder’ and ‘Addictive Disorder’, it can interfere and hinder one’s ability to function optimally. This additive disorder can begin in early age groups and is extremely common in individuals aged between 18-24 years.
Frequent drug use can cause changes in the structure and chemistry of the brain. The drug injected into the body interacts with the limbic system of the brain and produces feelings of pleasure in the brain. As the use of drugs produces positive effects of an individual, he/she is more likely to repeat this behavior in the future.
Other reasons such as genetic factors (family history of substance use) and environmental factors (easy availability of drugs) also play a role in the development of drug dependence. You should visit a psychiatrist if you or loved ones are engaged in the frequent use of drugs. A psychiatrist can help you overcome your addiction and improve your quality of life. Dr. Swati Mittal is a known psychiatrist who has years of experience in de-addiction treatment. She believes that with the right help, one can overcome addiction easily.