Definition of Drug addiction
1. Noun. An addiction to a drug (especially a narcotic drug).
Category relationships: Narcotic
Generic synonyms: Addiction, Dependance, Dependence, Dependency, Habituation
Specialized synonyms: Alcohol Addiction, Alcoholism, Drunkenness, Inebriation, Cocaine Addiction, Heroin Addiction, Caffein Addiction, Nicotine Addiction
Medical Definition of Drug addiction
1. Use of a drug for a reason other than which it was intended or in a manner or in quantities other than directed. Drug dependence is a compulsion to take a drug to produce a desired effect or prevent unpleasant effects when the drug is withheld. Risk factors for drug abuse include: low self esteem, inability to deal with stress and emotional instability. Juveniles use drugs due to peer pressure. Signs of drug use in children include: a change in friends or group, long absences from home, poor performance in school, seclusion, stealing, lying, criminal behaviour, deteriorating family relationships, signs of drug intoxication and changes in behaviour. Commonly abused drugs include narcotic analgesic agents, benzodiazepines, cocaine, amphetamines, barbiturates, marijuana, LSD and phencyclidine. Many labs now offer quick and inexpensive urine drug screening. Psychological counseling and parental support will be necessary in children with this problem. (27 Sep 1997)
Drug Addiction Pictures
Click the following link to bring up a new window with an automated collection of images related to the term: Drug Addiction Images
Lexicographical Neighbors of Drug Addiction
Literary usage of Drug addiction
Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:
1. A Lifelong Passion: Nicholas and Alexandra: Their Own Story by Andrei Maylunas (2005)
"... and addict population, epidemiológica! research, especially typological analysis, allows to identify some sub-groups at risk of drug addiction. (Auth. ..."
2. Preventing Tobacco Use Among Young People: A Report of the Surgeon General by M. Joycelyn Elders (1997)
"Nicotine Addiction in Adolescence Introduction Nicotine dependency through cigarette smoking is not only the most common form of drug addiction but the one ..."
3. Preventive Medicine and Hygiene by Milton Joseph Rosenau, George Chandler Whipple, John William Trask, Thomas William Salmon (1921)
"drug addiction The chief habit forming drugs are alcohol; opium and its alkaloids ... It has only recently been realized that drug addiction is an important ..."
4. The Narcotic Drug Problem by Ernest Simons Bishop (1920)
"CHAPTER VII RELATION OF NARCOTIC drug addiction TO- ... that has been for generations generally accepted as true about narcotic drug addiction, ..."
5. Technologies for Understanding and Preventing Substance Abuse and Addiction by DIANE Publishing Company (1996)
"... drug addiction, an excellent correlation exists between predicting the abuse liability of specific classes of drugs in animals and humans (34). ..."
6. National Drug Control Strategy: A Nation Responds to Drug Use (1992)
"Research and Development Scientists in the United States perform the preponderance of the world's research on drug addiction and drug treatment, ..."
7. Practice of Medicine by Frederick Tice (1921)
"CHAPTER II drug addiction BY STEPHEN PERHAM JEWETT, MD Opium and its derivatives, p. 18:—General considerations, p. 18:— Opium addiction, p. ..."
8. Overview of Addiction Treatment Effectiveness by Mim J. Landry (1996)
"... drug addiction without assuming the large financial burdens of residential programs or the controversy of methadone maintenance treatment programs, ..."