Substance Use Disorder (SUD) or addiction is a brain disease characterized by the inability of the individual to stop using a substance. When choice is no longer an option we are dealing with a SUD. But what are drug addiction causes?
The effects of addiction are far reaching and can be seen in the home, on the job, in churches and in schools. If left unchecked, the drug is going to win. Abuse is a disease of the brain, and the drugs change brain.
Addiction is progressive and most of the time treatment is required to end the addiction. When we drink, we enjoy the flavor of the drink, the relaxing feeling we get when we drink it and often have a drink in a social setting with friends.
"Marijuana is not
harmful or addictive" is often stated by those who use it regularly.
Research, shows that in fact marijuana is addictive and in fact is
causing one of the highest incidence of addiction in the US.
If you are a
friend or a family member of someone who is addicted, you’re probably
wondering what you can do to help. Sometimes an intervention can help
the addict to break their denial to begin treatment.
In meeting and working with addiction recovery patients over the years we have found that one of the most important aspects of their recovery is having the opportunity to share their stories and their life experience.
Drug programs are as varied as the people who become addicted. Young and old, white and black, male and female, no one can avoid addiction. We won't endorse a treatment, we will try to give you an introduction on the topic.
Addiction is a disease of the brain and becomes a disease of the SOUL!
Drug addiction, left untreated, becomes a disease of the soul. We have “lost control” and substance abuse has taken control of our lives.
How can you explain the change in behavior that takes a bright, well-educated, ambitious, engaging person and transforms them into a heartless, self-centered liar that steals from his/her own family, abandons their spouse and children, and willfully chooses the road to death rather than a happy and fulfilling life?
Addiction poisons the very soul of a person and turns them into an unreasoning animal. Because addiction is a spiritual disease, if you are going to be healed, your soul must be healed. You can try to overcome drug addiction on your own, like pulling yourself up by your own bootstraps, and some people might be able to do it, but most can’t. Healing our soul is offered as a gift from a “power greater than ourselves”.
People in recovery from alcoholism and drug addiction will tell you that one drink, or one hit is too many and a whole ocean-full, or even the most potent drug isn’t enough. Drug addiction does not have to be the winner, but addicts need the tools to access strength and support. You have to be honest with yourself and realistic about the problem. Addicts must realize that they can’t use drugs and they can’t take a drink because the consequences are serious at a minimum, and too often deadly. There is hope!
We accept submissions across this site from those struggling with addiction in themselves or in their loved ones. Here is a sample of the wonderful submissions we've received:
Written by an addict, my friend Sara in helping me understand the loss and addiction of my beautiful son Josh.
For everyone who had ever wondered why an addict does what they do - Finally an honest answer.
Almost every family has been touched by addiction in some way. We are in the middle of an epidemic. And everyone seems to have the same question: why can’t they, didn’t they, stop? For those of you out there with this question I am going to let you in on a secret – They have no idea!
Just like the families, even addicts wonder why. Why do we hock, trade, sell everything we own; why do we steal and hurt the ones we love just to get our pills, pot, our heroin?
Fortunately, science does have an answer for that question. And it is really very simple. You just have to open your mind to understand.
I started using opioids and benzodiazepenes about 13 years ago after some family traumas and physical pains. For about the first 6 or 7 years I used occasionally, only as prescribed, not enough to become addicted. When my addiction started to take over I told myself I would stop. And I really thought I would; until I couldn’t. The last year and a half of my addiction I was practically homeless. The last time I used an opioid was July 17, 2016.
I am sharing this because I want you to know that I understand what you, your child, or your loved one, experiences in their addiction. I have lived it. Through classes at local rehab centers and private research I am starting to understand the neuro and behavioral aspects of addiction.
I believe in medical science and science has shown that addiction is a disease of brain structure and, thus, function. The continual intake of these opioids, day after day, year after year, alters the brain on a cellular, molecular, basis. These alterations are opioid addiction. And they are manifested as behavior directed toward the survival of the individual. These manifested behaviors are referred to as cravings, but let me clarify; to our brain these “cravings” are not cravings for drugs, they are cravings for survival. And for further clarification; the continuous intake of opioids increases the brains alterations, but for some people pre-disposed to addiction, this alteration can occur immediately.
Let’s say that you haven’t eaten for three or four days. You are starving. Really think about what it feels like to be starving. Think about the physical and mental pain you experience when you are starving. What would you be thinking about? Food? You would be needing, craving, food. This craving that you feel, that’s the brain’s mechanism that drives you to survive. Its purpose is to make everything else fall away and to force you to focus solely on acquiring what you must have in order to live. Read More
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Click below to see contributions about addiction.
I love him but 30 years of fighting his demons has taken a toll!
I no longer want to be with my spouse regardless that he is and will always be the love of my life. But, I can no longer take the drug abuse, the lies, …
This is where I and many others are coming from. Hope you can relate and share and take something from this.
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Suicide is in my near future!!!
My name is Jerry. I'm from Tulsa OK. I've been a drug addict for 33 years, I'm 43 now. I've tried to get clean but it's real hard because I'm in a marriage …
My boyfriend is an addict and he is currently in jail...
So, my boyfriend and I have been best friends for 10 years. We have been on and off for the past 6 years. He has had a problem with heroin for the past …
Marriage and getting sober
How do I get back the life I enjoyed before my addiction? I have a spouse who is going through the process too, I'm losing my marriage and mind. Please …
Why do I still yearn?
I have put my story up already! Tonight I'm feeling weakness! Kerry
Married couple using meth?
I am a married female and my husband and i both are using meth. I want to go to rehab and be honest with my in-laws. My husband feels the opposite way. …
What to believe?
I have fallen in love with a heroin addict who is older than me and I don't know what to do? At the start everything was fine, he's on methadone and he …
Divorce after recovery
I've been married to a heroin user for exactly 17 yrs, he was on heroin then methadone for 16.5yrs then got clean six months ago. All through this I stood …
Things don't seem to be getting better.
Hello, I shared my story a few months ago. I thought things would get better since my husband stopped doing crystal meth for a few months so I was …
Do all people who use drugs become an addict?
Do all people who use drugs for a reaction become addict?
My sister is an opiate addict?
My sister is an opiate addict. Her choice of pills are painkillers. She steals money, food, clothing to sell, and pills from my mother. My love for her …
What does a married couple do when they use drugs and it's out of control?
My wife and I are addicted to heroin. Just like everyone who gets caught in the addiction we started using pain pills, then they quit working and went …
It took my soul.
Listen..i cant go into my whole story about how I became addicted..because im just not in the mood to be judged. I WILL however tell how it completely …
I hate him!
I have never done this before but I need to talk to someone who can understand, so here it is my story. My name is Bianca I am 15 years of age. My …
Hi, My name is Kellie and I am 29 years old and I'm a heroin addict, I'd like to tell you about the love of my life. My love of my life is there …
From Gutter To Glory
This is the story of a woman's transformation from childhood abuse, drug addiction and prostitution, to a whole new life now helping others out of addiction. …
My son is relapsing and I'm trying to figure out what to do?
My son was a recovering drug addict on subbies, he is relapsing and I don't know how to cope or get through it, I am trying to find funds for rehab at …
My House Of Pain
I started using drugs in my 20s, I was dating a guy who was addicted and though I didn't like the drugs he did, I was head over hills for him. In my mind …
Can I help a teen to get off drugs?
Is it possible for me as an ex drug user to get a 17 year old girl to stop using drugs? I am one of the fortunate people who was able to kick my drug …
Wife wants divorce after opiate detox?
My wife came back from detox for opiates, and then said she doesn't love me anymore. She is 30 days sober, and we are separated (at my request). We have …
My son's father is addicted to drugs?
My ex has a drug abuse problem. I know he is addicted to pain killers and uses other drugs such as meth and things like that. His drug abuse started …
Opiate Abuse and Withdrawal
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Choosing A Good Therapist
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10 Reasons to Journal During Addiction Recovery
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