What is addiction?

Addiction is a chronic condition where a person compulsively participates in consuming dangerous substances or performing reckless behaviour.

Is addiction the result of moral weakness or over-indulgence?

Addiction is a life threatening disease which causes biological changes in the structure and working of the brain. It is not caused by low will-power, moral weakness, over-indulgence and a person cannot just ""get over it".

Is addiction a disease?

Yes, addiction is a chronic and progressive disease which causes changes in a person's thoughts, emotions and behaviours.

Is alcohol addiction the same as drug addiction?

Alcohol addiction is marked by a compulsive need to consume alcohol, whereas drug addiction is caused by a compulsive need to use drugs. Even within drug addiction, there are different drugs which cause different reactions in people.

Are some drugs more addictive than others?

All drugs can be addictive. Some drugs are medically prescribed but they need to be taken according to the prescriptions. Some drugs are recreational drugs which can be dangerous and cause many side effects.

What are some common drugs that are abused?

Common drugs abused are marijuana, opium, heroin, cocaine, hallucinogens like LSD, prescription medicines and sedatives.

Can addiction be cured?

Addiction, like other chronic diseases such as diabetes or asthma, cannot be cured. However, it can be treated or managed.