Addiction Basics

The Basics On Addictive Behavior

addiction cycleHumans don’t begin using drugs with the intent to become addicted.  Drugs can be a skulking foe sneaking up on a user before he or she knows it.  Addicts didn’t set out to destroy their lives by choice.  All they wanted to do was have a little fun, escape a little stress, and feel a bit more normal.

However becoming addicted to a substance is a truly real consequence of drug use.  For a lot of people, drugs seem to be a means of avoiding emotional and/or physical pain by providing the user with a temporary and illusionary escape from or way to handle life’s realities.

Addiction Awareness

Example, a person tries drugs or alcohol. One or both of these substances seem to solve his issue. He feels better. Because he now appears better able to deal with life, the addictive substances get to be valuable to him. The person looks on drugs or alcohol as a remedy for unwanted feelings. The painkilling effects get to be an answer to their discomfort.

Unknowingly using these substances now becomes useful because it helped them feel better. This release is the primary reason an individual uses drugs or drinks a second or third time. It’s simply a matter of time before he becomes totally addicted and loses the ability to control his addictive behaviors. This addiction, then, results from excessive or continued use of physiologically addictive elements in an attempt to resolve the rudimentary symptoms of discomfort or unhappiness.

When an individual is suffering from some sort of substance abuse issues, they’re unable to control their urges to “use”.  They consciously recognize that this behavior is bad for them and in their hearts, they would like to quit, but by the time addiction has taken hold, it’s nearly impossible for them to do so.  Their bodies have become used to the drug or alcohol and going without it is a painful proposition.

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Using drugs and or alcohol could turn into a double-edged sword.  Individuals begin using to escape pressure and guilt from daily life, but then they’re mentally stressed because of their immoral behavior and the only way they know to escape those feelings is to slip deeper into substance abuse.  It’s a vicious circle.

Looking Forward To Addiction Treatment

Drug and alcohol addiction has taken hold of a large percent of the American population, and that number is just growing.  With effective addiction treatment, recovery is possible, but it requires commitment and effort.  An individual doesn’t turn into an “addict” overnight, and becoming “clean and sober” won’t happen that fast either.  The great news is that a drug-free life is just around the corner – when you go looking for it!

 

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About Teri Ballard

Teri Ballard is a partner at Perfect Path and Science of Imagery and the Founder of Lacy Leathers Designs. Teri has been in the personal development niche for over 12 years and her goal is to share her knowledge with others. To help others help themselves. Her desire is for everyone to live the best life they can and hopes to provide the tips and tools to help them do so.

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