You might think that only some types of people can get addicted to drugs. The truth is, it can happen to anyone, whether you're young or old, rich or poor, male or female.
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A lot of us have an idea in our heads about what a person addicted to drugs looks like.
But the truth is, anyone can become addicted to drugs.
Addiction is when you feel a strong urge to keep taking a drug, even if it is causing harm. To stop, ask for help.
Drug addiction doesn't depend on your income, your job, your age, race or color.
Addiction is a disease of the brain—and it can happen to anyone.
You probably already know that you can become addicted to tobacco, alcohol and illegal drugs.
But even prescription drugs can be addictive when not taken as directed or when you take medication not prescribed for you.
There are scientists who study drug abuse.
Their research has taught us a lot about what makes you more likely to become addicted to drugs.
Things like…having family members who have had a drug problem…starting drugs at a young age…having mental health problems—like depression or hanging around other people who use drugs.
All put you at risk.
But you do not become addicted if you don't take drugs.
If you or someone you love has a problem, get help.
And if you do become addicted, you can be treated and you can recover.
Find drug treatment near you.
Want to learn more?
Find easy-to-read drug facts at www.easyread.drugabuse.gov.