Firstly, there is often a contradiction or misconception on drug addiction and drug abuse. Every teen must be aware of the differences.
Drug addiction is categorized as a disease which emanated from brain malfunctioning causing behavior which is totally abnormal.
Before an individual could be addicted to (say) alcohol, nicotine, opioid painkiller, he must have first taken some quantity of these substances but in an abused quantity or at an abrupt interval (i.e. abused proportion or quantity).
Addiction is when you can’t stop, even if it has affected you emotionally, financially or might have contributed to your present predicament. It is not easily cured.
Therefore, impulse are sent by the brain to devour extremely large quantity of these substances (e.g. cocaine, heroin, or other illegal drugs) at such an alarming rate until a disordered behavior manifest.
You can get addicted to alcohol, nicotine, and all other digestible substances if the quantity taken is not well monitored.
Drug abuse is when you use legal or illegal substances in a way you should never have. Taking more than the necessary or at an inappropriate condition may constitute a drug abuse but you can stop this unhealthy habit if you are enlightened and want to.
The current increased rate of the teenage suicide in the world has been attributed to the level of addiction amongst the teens.
Addiction could result when you deliberately take drug by depending on someone else prescription (a problem we have at this side of the world). Unfortunately for our teens, they may want to continue with this mode of drug intake because they like the way it makes them feel.
At first, they think they can control how much and how often it is taken but overtime it takes control and mastery over them by changing the way their brain works or function.
The urge to get and use drugs can be so overwhelming every hour of the day, even if you don’t want it.
A physician should be consulted if you want to guard against this, but in case you are caught into it already, you will need to consult the doctor as soon as possible.