— a complex illness that affects the brain
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About drug addiction
A killer compulsion
Drug addiction is a progressive condition that worsens over time, causing damage to physical, mental and emotional well-being. An individual who is addicted is unable to control their use of substances, leading to potentially fatal consequences. According to the United Nations, 29 million people suffer from drug use disorders, resulting in 200,000 recorded drug-deaths annually. However, the true toll is likely to be far higher as many drugs fatalities go unrecorded due to the underlying cause of death being misreported.
Drug addiction treatment
The risk of addiction is influenced by a person’s individual biology, genetic factors and social environment. People who are addicted to drugs may use substances as a way of masking underlying issues such as emotional distress or mental problems. Thankfully, through scientific advances, we know how drugs affect the brain and how to treat addiction. Through a variety of therapy methods we provide at The Kusnacht Practice, we assert individual care of withdrawal symptoms, submit a tailor-made treatment strategy and work to modify behaviour to prevent a recurrence.