Addiction is defined as the compulsive need for and use of a habit forming substances. The causes of addiction can be genetic and environmental factors. It has physical, social and economic consequences on the individual. World Health Organization estimates 12.5% of death attributed to alcohol, tobacco and illicit drugs. Examples of drugs alcohol marijuana, opioid, cocaine, amphetamine, nicotine. The youthful stage is a period that one may want to experiment out of curiosity. Others may be deceived by peers to use for performance in academics and employment.

The Bible in 1 Corinthians 10:13 admonishes that temptations we encounter are not beyond us but the faithful God provides an escape. 1Corinthians 6:12, Paul indicates that though one is permitted to do everything not all things are beneficial and will not be mastered by anything. One become enslaved to these medications when used over a period of time. Though their use is pleasurable, once addicted, has grievous consequences to health and psychosocial well-being of the individual. It is advisable to refrain from such drugs than using them and stopping later. It is not easy coming out of addiction, it requires rehabilitation which is at a cost to the individual and the family.