The Common Denominator: Drug Use, Abuse, and Addiction

Posted: January 11, 2016 by

Drug Abuse and Addiction


Discovering that your child is involved with drugs or alcohol is troubling for every parents. People, especially teens, experiment with drugs for many reasons. Many had their first drug experience when they were trying to have a good time, or to fit in with a group of people who are using them. It can also occur because a person is trying to improve performance during activities such as sports or to ease the feelings of stress, anxiety, or depression. Reasons vary from person to person. Nonetheless, any amount of drug use can bear harmful consequences even when casually used. They only worsen were a person is heavily abusing or strongly addicted to drugs or alcohol. No matter how frequently you’re using, your substance use will cause troubles in your life, at home, school, work, and in your relationships.

Each drug produces different physical effects, but all substances share one thing in common, addiction. Habitual use can change the way the brain looks and functions. Drugs cause an increase in levels of dopamine which prompts the brain to release a feeling of pleasure. The brain recalls this feelings and wants it repeated. Drugs can also interfere with your ability to think clearly, control your behavior, exhibit good judgement, and feel normal without it. These substances will take over your mind, making the use of drugs more important than anything else including relationships, your career, and even your physical and emotional needs.

The good news is that with the right treatment and support, you can reverse the effects and get back your life. Recognizing and admitting you have a problem and listening to those concerned can help you to overcome your dependency and learn to live a sober life.

You can stop if you really want to. The will and determination to cut drug use out of your life is the most powerful way to start regaining control of your life. The longer you keep using drugs, the more severe the cravings and urges to use them will be. Drug abuse and addiction can be beaten through therapy, medications, exercise, and other treatments. Don’t wait till you hit rock bottom before you get better. The earlier you start your recovery, the better. The process can start during any stage of your addiction. Prolonged exposure to substances will make it harder to treat, but it’s not impossible. Don’t wait until you have lost it all. Don’t force yourself, help yourself. Recovery begins with you. As you become sober, you will realize that it will not only help you but it will mend relationships with your family, co-workers, and anyone who you want to be close to. However, it is important to remember that you can’t just change for them, you have to change for you. If it didn’t work before, try again. Don’t let relapse get in your way. If it happened, it doesn’t mean that the treatment failed or that you failed. Understand your mistakes and then get back on track by reentering a treatment program or looking for a better treatment approach.

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