I take care of people addicted to drugs. Thousands of them. They all don't look like unkempt 20-somethings. They look like you! What can you do to to avoid becoming a member of the "drug culture"? If you're taking a pill for pain, sleep or anxiety, ask your medical provider if it is addictive. If it is, and you have been taking it for more than a month, ask your provider for other options. If they don't respond or if they tell you there is no alternative, go to another provider.