The fact is that drug addiction is not restricted to substance abuse and the addict lack of capability to control and consume drugs is one of the symptoms of addiction disease. Drug addiction is a multi-faceted disease beyond a physical illness. Addiction disease is a physical, emotional, mental, behavioral and spiritual disease.
The physical aspect of addiction disease is its compulsory and without discretion consumption. Regardless of the amount and the interval of the addict consumption, and regardless of for how long they have managed to stop using drugs, as soon as they relapse whether after some days or some years, they will lose to control their consumption leading them into consuming drugs compulsorily.
The mental aspect of addiction disease is the temptation or severe desire to use drugs, even when the addict life is exposed to complete destruction. Although substance abuse gradually makes the addict towards death and destruction, they madly continue to use substance.
The spiritual aspect of the addiction disease is to be severe self-centered.
Although, addicts experience psychiatrists, hospitals, treatment centers, travel, romantic relationship, new job and so on and fails, they stubbornly insist that whenever they want, they can quit drugs.
The side effects and symptoms of addiction disease include denying, replacing, justifying, distrusting others, feeling guilty and embarrassed, homelessness, humiliation, isolation and loss of freedom. Addiction is a progressive, incurable and fatal disease, but understanding that this problem is a disease not a moral weakness, takes heavy burden on the shoulder of the addict.
By accepting their addiction, addicts take the first and most important step of the treatment.