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Drug addiction doesn't seem within the realm of possibility for most people. Nobody sets out to become drug or alcohol dependent. No one believes they will develop an addiction or become a drug addict. Some people may take an illegal drug for the first time just to have a thrill or be a part of the crowd.

Addiction has many faces, none of them pretty. This site is devoted to trying to help find ways for you to recover from addiction. We designed this site to give useful information that will help people learn to make better decisions. We believe part of the key to dealing with alcoholism and/or drug addiction is having the right information. You need information to recognize and understand drug and alcohol addiction in yourself, your loved one.

Some people need prescription medication, but over time they begin to take too much, too often. Many drink because they want to feel better after a long day. Whatever the case, people certainly do not expect the misery that comes with addiction. But there is help for addiction and rehabilitation can work.

Key Sections Of This Site:

    Addiction Causes         

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?

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       Addiction Effects       

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.

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    Addiction Symptoms    

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.

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         Addiction Facts        

"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.

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     Addiction Intervention 

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.

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      Addiction Stories        

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.

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    Addiction Treatment   

Drug programs, such as the ones offered by The US Drug & Alcohol Rehab Network, 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.

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Searching For Answers About Drug Addiction!

If you have landed on this page, it may be that you’re searching for answers, either for yourself or for someone you love. Something has gone wrong. We wonder how things got out of control and what can be done to make things right again.

If we suffer from the disease of addiction, we want to know how to get well. If we are a friend or family member we want to know how to help. We’ll try to outline how you can get or give help, or at the very least, to ask the right questions. We also want to acknowledge that research does give us an explanation of what happens, but not necessarily why it happens.

We’ve gathered information on the likelihood that someone will potentially become an addict and whether they can recover, but it isn’t conclusive.

If you have landed on this page it is because you’re searching for answers, we’ve compiled a lot of the latest answers for you. Addiction is a disease of the brain and there are no quick fixes or easy answers. Here in the United States we want answers and we want them immediately. If we are in pain, we want relief from that pain and we want to take a pill that will melt the pain away and not cause any undesirable side effects. We deserve fast results.

You want to know what causes drug addiction. The theories on that are varied and abundant, and while they all offer food for thought, none really explains why it happens. Bottom line-- we really don’t know what causes drug addiction. You have to look at everything and put everything on the table to try and get your hands around it. Don’t misunderstand, the research is important and we applaud the effort. Researchers are learning more every day and the writers and editors of this site are convinced that answers are forthcoming, but we just don’t have the complete picture yet. But treatment can and does work if the right treatment is found.

Drug Addiction a Disease of Body, Mind and Spirit

We are all body, mind and spirit. All three have to be considered to truly understand the human experience and how drug addiction claims its victims. Many writers and researchers prefer to use the disease model to explain drug addiction. It’s an excellent place to start, because there is ample research on neuron-receptors in the brain and how certain drugs affect those receptors.

It explains that some people will be predisposed to the disease of addiction due to genetic factors. If your father was an alcoholic, you are likely to become an alcoholic, or if your family is of a certain ethic origin you’ll be more likely than others to fall into addiction. The mind is certainly a mysterious place, as we are all unique and have an amazing complexity. Our emotional and psychological makeup will play a part in the drugs we chose to use and the relationship that develops with those drugs.

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!

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You can beat it... 
You can do it. I'm 5 months clean and enjoying my life. Spent two and a half months in the hospital getting rid of that bacterial infection that almost …

Child’s father is opiate addict 
I have been with my child’s father for 18 years- our daughter is eight years old. He is a functioning opiate addict for the most part. He goes to work …

The worst test in your lfe... 
Hello my name is Jerry I live in Tulsa, Okla. It's been awhile since I last shared on here. I am 65 days clean. I went to treatment in Ft.Smith AR. at …

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. 
Addiction and mental health advocates: I am your best friend and your worst enemy I will always be around on every corner I will comfort you when …

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?

The Importance Of Creative Hobbies For Addicts 
If you are an addict, or you have a friend or family member who is, then you probably know this truth: Addicts are some of the most creative, sensitive …

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 …

Choosing A Good Therapist 
Whatever your reasons for seeking a therapist, it’s important to find a good match. There are plenty of variables that can impact the quality of your experience …

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10 Reasons to Journal During Addiction Recovery 
The path to addiction recovery can be filled with challenges and strife, although it is worth the world taking. Believe it or not, one of the most powerful …

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 …

The addict 
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. …

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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 …

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