There are varying levels of drug use and lots of terms used to define them. Not all of those terms are set in stone and depending on the type of drug being discussed the definitions can vary widely. What makes it even more difficult is that people tend to use a lot of these terms interchangeably, further blurring their meanings. Drug addiction treatment quickly becomes the only way to get away from drug use once dependence sets in, but before that stage, there are others.
Substance abusers know they shouldn't be using the drug or substance of choice, but continue to do so. Drug abuse is often typified by recurring impairment of performance at work, neglect of familial needs, and legal trouble for using while driving around disorderly conduct charges. This is not the same as dependence, however.
Drug addiction is defined differently depending on the particular drug being abused but generally shares these similarities: The feeling that the drug must be used regularly, at least once a day if not more. Developing behavior outside of what you would consider acceptable when not on the drug, like stealing, in order to obtain the drug, is common. They "need" the drug to deal with problems.
Drug addiction is a complex disease that is as individual as each person who suffers from it. No two people will become addicted in the same way or at the same rate. Even the type of drug used will alter how dependence and addiction occurs.
Drug Rehab Treatment Center offers behavioral renewal to help patients who have struggled with substance abuse and addiction find the help they need to completely break free from their addiction. They also offer treatment for anxiety, depression, and destructively obsessive thinking at their wilderness centers.