Addiction by Drugs

No one wants to become a drug addict or an alcoholic, but this doesn’t stop people from getting addicted. The most commonly asked question is: How does it happen? How could my son, daughter, mother, father or brother become a liar, thief, and someone how cannot be trusted? How could this happen? Why they don’t stop? The first thing you must understand about addiction is, alcohol, prescription medication especially pain killers and street drugs are highly addictive. They chemically kill physical and emotional pain, and also alter the mind’s perception of reality. Drugs can also make people feel numb. For drugs to be attractive to a person there must first be some underlying issues, unhappiness, sense of hopelessness or physical pain.

The Cycle of Addiction

Addiction by Drugs

It begins with a problem, discomfort or some form of emotional or physical pain a person experiences, and they will find this pain very difficult to deal with. We start off with an individual who, like most people in our society is basically good. This person encounters a problem or discomfort they do not know how to resolve, or cannot face. This could include problem such as, difficulty fitting in as a child or teenager, anxiety due to peer pressure, work expectations, identity problems, divorce or financial difficulties. It can also include physical and mental abuse, personal loss, unresolved problems, and unhappiness, physical discomfort, such as an injury or chronic pain. These problems are real to the individual, and the person is unable to develop any real solution to solve them. Everyone has experienced this in his or her life to a greater or lesser degree. The difference between an addict and a non-addict is, the addict chooses drugs or alcohol as a solution to the unwanted problem, situation or discomfort.

Addiction Problems

A person tries drugs or alcohol, and the drugs or alcohol appear to momentary solve their problem. Automatically the person feels better. Because they now seem better able to deal with life, the drugs or alcohol become valuable to them. The person looks on drugs or alcohol as a cure for unwanted feelings. The painkilling effects of the drugs or alcohol become a solution to their discomfort. Inadvertently the drugs or alcohol now become valuable because it helped them feel better. This release is the main reason a person uses drugs or alcohol multiple times. The results of continual use will lead to a potentially life threatening addiction. The use of drugs or alcohol becomes obsessive. The addicted person is trapped and whatever problem they were initially trying to solve by using drugs or alcohol, has now faded from memory. At this point, all they can think about is buying and using drugs or alcohol. They lose the ability to control their usage, and completely disregard all the consequences of their actions.