Drug Addiction… It won’t happen to me!
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 to 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.
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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
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.
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, 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.
Are you addicted?
Take our short assessment and find out.
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.
Addiction Starts As 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.
Then It 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
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 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. But there always is hope for those willing to seek it!