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Drug Dependence

Drug dependence is an addiction to a street drug or a prescribed medication. When you are addicted, you may not be able to control your drug use and you may continue using the drug despite the harm it causes.

Dependence occurs over time, usually without the realization it is happening. When we become dependent on a substance we might notice that our lives and our decisions are based upon our need to acquire and use substances, regardless of the consequences we may begin to take risks we would not have otherwise have considered. If you answer yes to any of these questions then you may need help from Drug Concern.

  • Do you feel that you need to take the drugs or medication more frequently?
  • Do you find yourself buying more and more drugs or requesting more medication?
  • Do you feel the need to take more drugs or medication than usual? 
  • Do you feel very unwell when you stop taking the drugs or medication, but you feel better if you start taking them again?