Individuals who struggle with drug addiction feel a compulsion to use drugs, and that use persists even in the face of extremely negative consequences. The compulsion to use drugs can take over the individualís life. Drug treatment must help the individual to stop using drugs and maintain a drug-free lifestyle, while achieving productive functioning in the family, at work, and in society. Drug treatment should also involve the family of the addict, because the addiction often disrupts the family dynamics as well. It is important to remember that drug use can have severe medical consequences, but recovery is possible through a treatment program.