Alcoholism and drug abuse have become the most widely spread diseases anywhere in the world. No longer are they hidden and secret, but they still require experienced treatment. Years ago, those who were addicted felt alone and isolated, so recovery was more difficult. This scenario is far from the way it is today. Not only is recovery available, but now it is recognized as intense for the one addicted and also for everyone around them.
What is Drug Abuse?
There are hundreds of drugs that can be abused. Drug abuse is defined as the habitual use of illegal drugs or any addictive drug. The one addicted typically has one drug that they use more than others, and this is called their drug of choice. It doesnâ€™t matter which drug is being abused, but when going into recovery, it is significant to know because of the differences in composition and the reactions in the individual.
Some people who use drugs recreationally never fall into the negative downward spiral that serious addicts find themselves in, and vulnerability plays a huge role in who gets addicted.
Here are several social identifiers that contribute to becoming addicted.
- A family history of addiction.
- Mental issues such as anxiety and depression.
- Traumatic events from childhood.
- Use of drugs at an early age.
Drug abuse is usually the external sign of inner disturbances, and repeated use of a particular substance tends to cause the brain to change the way it functions. Amphetamines affect the system one way while depressants will cause different effects throughout the system. Despite the type of drug that is abused, an uncontrollable craving eventually takes precedence over everything else in your life. This is called the phenomenon of craving, and the treatment for drug abuse must completely address this compulsion.
Some types of Drug Addictions:
- Crystal Meth Addiction
- Opium Addiction
- Pain Medication Addiction
- Prescription Drug Abuse
- Spice Addiction
- Xanax Addiction
Getting Your Life Back on Track
Recovery is a strategic plan of action for the addict who puts down the drugs and admits that life has gotten out of control. Many times a family member or friend can see the negative changes in the addictâ€™s life before they can. The addict may not be ready to admit that they are caught in addiction, and a phone call to one of our counselors is the best way for them to open up.
Change is never easy for anyone, especially for someone involved with drug abuse. With the right help, an addict can get started today. Remind yourself of the positive changes that would occur if you quit using, and how much better you would feel drug free. With the right treatment and support, you will identify your addictive behaviors, learn to change them and start on the road to a more satisfied life. Sober solutions can offer you these tools to change the behaviors that got you addicted.