The Health Education Resource Center (HERC) is affiliated with Health Service and serves as a source of information on health related topics. The HERC provides students, faculty and staff with a wide variety of health programs. The HERC's goal is to keep EIU's campus healthy, so students can succeed at all of their university endeavors.
Monday, October 10, 2016
Understanding Drug Addiction
Drug addiction is the state of being enslaved to a habit
or practice or to something that is psychologically or physically habit-forming
to such an extent that its cessation causes severe trauma. Addicts often times
do not realize or believe they are addicted, even if they show all the signs.
Drug addiction includes: the inability to control drug
use, even when it causes bodily harm, a constant, intense craving for the
drug(s), and potential harm to both the body and mind.
SIGNS & SYMPTOMS:
Loss of control
Neglecting other activities
Increased tolerance to drug(s)
1. Family History of Addiction
Drug addiction is more common in some families and likely
involves genetic predisposition. If you have a blood relative, such as a parent
or sibling, with a drug problem, you are at greater risk of developing a drug
2. Being Male
Men are more likely to have problems with drug abuse than
women are. However, progression of addictive disorders is known to be quicker
3. Having a Mental Health Disorder
If you have a mental health disorder such as depression,
attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), anxiety, or post-traumatic
stress disorder, you are more likely to become dependent on drugs.
4. Peer Pressure
Peer pressure is a strong factor in starting to use and
abuse drugs, particularly for young people. Research confirms that most
adolescent drug users are introduced to this behavior by friends or people that
5. Lack of Family Involvement
Difficult family situations or a lack of a bond with
parents and/or siblings may increase the risk of addiction.
6. Taking a Highly Addictive Drug
Some drugs, such as stimulants, cocaine, or painkillers,
may result in faster development of addiction than other drugs.
TREATMENT & SUPPORT
There are several options to choose from when considering the
types of treatment and support available to substance users. Some of those
EIU Counseling Center
EIU’s Counseling Center offers addiction counseling to EIU
students. Addiction counselors can help patients resist the temptation to keep
using or for recovering addicts to use again. To make an appointment, visit
www.eiu.edu/counsctr or call (217) 581-3413.
EIU Collegiate Recovery Community
The EIU CRC provides an empowering environment where students
living in, or seeking, long-term recovery from substance use disorders and
other quality of life concerns can successfully realize their goals of academic
success and an improved quality of life. The EIU CRC mission is to help
students maintain a sober and healthy lifestyle in order to fully engage in
their academic, social, and personal pursuits. If you are interested in joining
the CRC, contact the Health Education Resource Center at (217) 581-7786 or
Depending on the severity of the addiction, inpatient or
outpatient treatment programs may be beneficial. These programs often offer
recovery from the effects of addiction through individual and group counseling,
as well as provide social support to maintain a drug-free lifestyle.