Drug dependency

A person experiencing addiction has a brain disorder that craves a substance regardless of the consequences. Dependence means there is repeat use because the body feels it needs the substance to survive. Illegal drugs like cocaine, methamphetamine or “meth”, and “club drugs,” like ecstasy and GHB, have a destructive effect on a person’s physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing. People who struggle with drug dependency may:

  • Use drugs at parties or in social settings.
  • Become detached or aggressive toward other people.
  • Experience poor physical health because of drug use.
  • Experience financial troubles because of the cost of purchasing drugs.

Struggling with drug use can be harmful and heartbreaking. But no matter how strong the addiction is, recovery is possible. Help is out there, and we want to help you find it.

Resources and support

Local groups and programs can help you get on the road to recovery from drug use. Explore these resources:

How we serve you

If you’re a member of Cardinal Innovations, there are services to assist you with drug use challenges. Learn about a service type or find a provider specializing in drug use and dependency.

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