Relapse Drug Addict
What does Relapse Drug Addict look like? You may imagine yourself on a recovery path that is smooth, wide and straight. Or your path may be winding and narrow, with rocks and overgrowth blocking your progress. Maybe your recovery isn’t a path at all, but a seemingly endless cycle of using and not using, a cyclical pattern of good periods of time followed by bad.
We ask this question because addiction recovery looks like the individual person, and no two people are alike. One person, through sheer will power and determination may be able to break the bonds of Drug Addict, while another needs a multitude of services and nothing seems to work. Medical people might explain that contrast in terms of an alteration of brain chemistry by the drug, possibly connected directly to some clinical diagnosis of depression.
Others may deny completely that recovery has any medical component at all, that the recovering addict is one who has overcome the demons inside with no help from any therapist, counselor or physician.
If you accept, even for a moment, that Relapse Drug Addict can be explained in terms of a cycle, most of this section will make sense to you. While there are those who bristle over the idea of people being “helpless” over addiction, experience seems to show that most people ARE helpless!
Cycle of Addiction
I. Triggering Event
There are so many contributing factors to addiction, but we will not go into that discussion here. For the purpose of this illustration, we will break down the triggering event into two categories. First, one might take drugs for recreation, to get “high.” This party approach to drugs may be thrill seeking, or have an element of peer pressure attached to it. The second category is “to numb the pain.” The person uses to get rid of a feeling, not to create one. Something hurts and the user is trying to numb that hurt. They may just want to feel better, because something is missing from their life, or they may want to escape a reality because it is too much to face.
In either case, whether to have a good time or to numb the pain, the cycle is started. They're not thinking Describing Relapse Drug Addict because they're not convinced they have a problem.
II. Something is wrong
Many people can use drugs and not get hooked. They may realize that their using is getting in the way, or they just do not enjoy or need to use the Drug anymore. They quit and it’s over. However, that is not true for so many people, who arrive at the point where they determine there is a problem, but they are still using. Perhaps they're experiencing problems at work, or in personal relationships. Because they are using, they may have run into legal problems, such as a DWI/DUI and they realize that change is necessary. They begin to consider Relapse Drug Addict. The pain Prescription they have been taking for a knee injury is no longer sufficient, so they take more Drug, more often to control their physical discomfort. They know they have to do something.
III. Try Harder
When the management of their Drug use begins to slip away, people will say “I’m going to cut back.” They know something is amiss, but they do not want to go through the fuss of treatment, unless it’s absolutely necessary. Maybe they’ve cut back in the past, or quit altogether, but started using again. They are going to try harder. People don’t want to be told what to do, or how to do something, they want to do it their way. It’s not just people struggling with Drug Addict, it’s anybody. American culture reveres the individualist who proudly proclaims, “I did it my way.”
Some people can try harder and succeed. God bless them. Managing Relapse Drug Addict is serious work and if somebody can “cut back” or stop using on their own power, that’s much to their credit. But most people can’t. The finger pointers will say it’s because of a lack of will power, or a weakness of character. They say those who use drugs are evil people. However, if one were to examine the other side of the issue and look at the addiction in terms of an alteration of brain chemistry, rendering some individuals powerless because of a chronic brain disease, then effort alone seems unrealistic.
Moreover, we are human beings and human beings fail. Nobody bats 1.000 in baseball, and even a player who is considered a great hitter is going to fail seven times out of ten. The world sees a .300 hitter and calls him a star, but he failed in his seven other attempts. If you are batting .300 in your fight against Drug Addict, you’re failing. Think of it in terms of trying to cut back or quit. Smokers can tell you their stories and we’ve all heard them. They’re good at quitting. But it isn’t that easy and neither is Relapse Drug Addict. If it were, there would be no smokers, and if Drug Addict were that easy to overcome, why would there be addicts?
Let’s suppose, for sake of illustration, that a person has made the determination to quit. Being a rational and intelligent person, they formulate a plan to follow and they try hard to execute the plan. They are succeeding. A woman in a Relapse Drug Addict group once told me that she had “not used” for seven years. Through will power and a plan, she was clean for seven years, but something happened and she found herself at the next stage of the addiction cycle.
Nobody likes to admit failure. It’s an ugly word in the Western culture. We like to think of ourselves as self-made people. We pull ourselves up by our own bootstraps and become famous, or financially independent. We did the work and we deserve the reward. Failure is not permitted and those who fail are weak and undeserving. In America, only those who win are given the credit. After all, the loser of the big game doesn’t get the parade. People apply winning and losing to Relapse Drug Addict, as if it were some kind of sporting or business competition. If you failed, you’re a loser.
What if failure was built into the human condition as a necessary indicator of a need for something outside of one’s own self? Alcoholics Anonymous founded its 12-Step program on that very idea, that we all need help. We’re not meant to be alone, and even though there are those who can break free of addiction on their own, the truth is most of us can’t. Coming from a Judeo-Christian perspective, this writer sees human failure as a measuring device, to show us that we need God. A medical person might see failure in Relapse Drug Addict as an indicator that brain chemistry is still out of balance. Frame the failure anyway you like.
The failure can be caused for a variety of reasons. The cycle has come full circle, because something happened. Perhaps in a moment of weakness a person took a hit off a pipe, or they experienced a traumatic event that was just too much to handle, or any one a thousand reasons prompted them to use again. They are back where they started and they need help.
Addiction is a chronic disease in our view. The key word is “chronic,” and like diabetes or heart disease, addiction needs to be managed. People need management tools to help them keep their lives in balance and to prevent the grip of addiction from squeezing its fingers around their throat.
The cycle needs to be broken, not just stopped. Whatever the triggering mechanism that causes someone to use, it needs to be addressed. We maintain that the root causes of addiction have to be examined to prevent the cycle from continuously spinning. Go to the cause, like dealing with a business management situation, and address the issue, formulate a plan and manage the problem.
People can and do break the cycle. If you can break the cycle on your own, great, but if you can’t there are caring, compassionate professional people to work with you and help you to try or in many cases try AGAIN to break the Relapse Drug Addict cycle!
My name is Tracey
I am 48yrs old. I was a crack addict approximately 15 years. I started at 17, smoking marijuana and drinking. As I got more involved with older men, I began snorting coke and lacing marijuana almost on a daily basis.
To make a long story short, it seemed that the men I chose were abusive and also strung out on some type of substance. Had 2 abusive and failed marriages. During my 2nd marriage I had quit doing drugs for 10yrs but when the love of my life cheated on me and started abusing me, I wanted to get revenge so I started back on drugs and I was more vicious and more dangerous and did not care who I hurt. What is really came down to is I was only hurting myself. I literally was destroying myself.
I had a praying mother and aunts and sometime my mother would show up (we lived about 45 minutes apart), and would minister to me(when I would allow her to). Believe it or not, the Lord started dealing with me Himself and I had no other choice but to return to my hometown, a place I hated. My mother told me one day, Tracey, you have got to want more.
I finally called her sister, who is a pastor and ran a women's home and church, but she took me home with her for a year and I had to go to church when she went(which was all the time), but that was my rehab.
When I chose to have a personal relationship with Jesus, he delivered me and is still delivering me from me. I have been clean for about 12 years now, happily married to an ordained minister who loves the Lord and me. Currently attending University of Phoenix, majoring in Psychology.
I have a good job, making more money than I ever have in my life. I love paying my tithes instead of giving a drug dealer my money. I refuse to buy another drug dealer a house when I can buy myself one. I refuse to buy another drug dealer's child shoes when I have 3 grandsons of my own I can buy shoes for.
I channel my financial blessings in other areas, such as helping people in areas where they need help. There is a lot more to this story. I just gave you the highlights. But if you really want to be delivered, you can and will be. I declare it in Jesus name. Amen