The addiction of drugs is bad for both mental and physical health.

Or it can be written as

The drugs' addiction is bad for both mental and physical's health.

Is the second sentence using apostrophes is a correct replacement for the first sentence. I'm a little confused; in which manner or situation the possession of nouns using apostrophes are needed to take care

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    You aren't addicted of drugs... you're addicted to drugs. Drugs may be said to have addictive powers but I don't know that the first sentence is really idiomatic at all.
    – Catija
    Feb 9, 2017 at 4:47
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    The most natural way to say it is Drug addiction (is bad for both mental and physical health). Feb 9, 2017 at 5:30
  • @clare and if we write it as: Drug's addiction is bad for both mental and physical health. Is it incorrect w.r.t grammar and rules. Feb 9, 2017 at 8:19
  • A native speaker of English would not say/write Drug's addiction. Feb 9, 2017 at 12:41
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    The drugs aren't addicted to anything. When you say "drug's addiction" that's what it sounds like you mean.
    – Catija
    Feb 9, 2017 at 14:21

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In English there are two common forms of the possessive, as you've mentioned. First we have

The brother of Frank is named Steve

and also

Frank's brother is named Steve

Both would be understood, but the second is much more commonly used. The first is mostly used in formal speech and writing. As for your example:

The addiction of drugs.

To me (a native American English speaker) the reason why the substitution doesn't work here is that "of drugs" seems to be acting as a prepositional phrase, not a possessive. This would sound more correct if said as:

The addiction to drugs is bad for both mental and physical health.

As has been mentioned in the comments, though, English does have a phrase 'Drug addiction' which means 'the addiction to drugs', and sounds much more natural in use. All together, the correct sentence would be:

Drug addiction is bad for both mental and physical health.

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