Drug Addiction Help... 

Stand in front of a mirror... look at yourself... 

First Step:

Drug Addiction Help...

Admit to yourself that you are addicted and that you NEED Help. 

"Hope" is the thing with feathers

That perches in the soul

And sings the tune without the words

And never stops at all...

~ Emily Dickinson

Is this what you really wanted? 

Can you admit to yourself... YES... I am addicted, I want to make a change, I want a better life, I want to be free?

Or, are you piling up the excuses and explanations...?

Admitting Addiction

Most every person is addicted to something...

This is a human condition... Some addictions are acceptable, promoted and even admired...

Others... well... are self-destructive... and really hard to live with... for the 'user' and all the people around him/her. 'Society' labels these addictions as negative...

When addicted to a destructive substance or behavior... living becomes very stressful. In addictions to drugs such as cigarettes and alcohol, the challenge is to appear a certain way, to project an image of being in control... secretly of course, we binge.

Addiction often leads to complete isolation and depression.

The Law of Addiction

"Administration of a drug to an addict will cause re-establishment of chemical dependence upon the addictive substance."

Mastering the law of addiction requires acceptance of three fundamental principles:

  • That dependency upon using nicotine or other addictive substance is a true chemical addiction, captivating the brain 'dopa-mine wanting relief' pathways. Drug addiction help
  • That once established we cannot cure or kill an addiction but only arrest it; 
  • That once arrested, regardless of how long we have remained substance free, that just one hit creates an extremely high probability of full relapse. 

We need not guess as to what happens inside a brain that attempts to "cheat" and use during recovery. The evidence seen on brain PET scans is undeniable. (Just one puff of nicotine and up to 50 percent of the brain's nicotinic-type acetylcholine receptors become occupied by nicotine.)

The lesson to learn is "if I take so much as one puff, dip or chew I will relapse." Just one, just once and defeat is all but assured. 

"People have to learn by screwing up one attempt after another until it finally dawns on them that each time they lost it, it happened by taking a puff. If you understand this concept from the get-go, you don't have to go through chronic stopping and starting."

~ Joel Spitzer - WhyQuit.com

About Life Burdening Addictions

Some people are able to use recreational drugs without ever experiencing negative consequences or addiction... Drug addiction help

If you are one of these people... consider yourself very, very lucky!

From my experience, that balanced and healthy people are few. Our society is an addiction promoting society, and we are exposed to addictive behavior building campaigns from the day we are born.

So... take a good look at yourself... are you free of addiction?

Please watch this lecture (it's long but well worth it!):

Addictions & Corrections with Gabor Maté

For many, substance (drug) use can cause problems at work, home, school, and in relationships, leaving them feeling secluded, helpless, or ashamed.

If you are worried about yourself or a friend or family member drug use, it’s important to know that help is available.

Learning about the nature of drug abuse and addiction — how it develops, what it looks like, and why it can have such a powerful hold — will give you a better understanding of the problem and how to best deal with drug use, drug abuse, and addiction.

Addictions & Corrections with Gabor Maté - Part 2

People experiment with drugs for many reasons. Many try drugs out of curiosity, to have a good time, because friends are doing it, or in an attempt to improve athletic performance or ease another problem, such as stress, anxiety, or depression.

Use and Mis-Use

'Use' doesn’t automatically lead to 'mis-use', and there is no specific level at which drug use moves from casual... to problematic. Drug addiction help

It depends on the individual.

Drug abuse and addiction is less about the amount of the drug consumed or the regularity, but more about the consequences of the use.

No matter how often or how little you are consuming, if your drug use is causing problems in your life — at work, school, home, or in your relationships — you should look into it.

Why some drug users become addicted, while others don’t?

As with many other conditions and diseases, vulnerability to addiction differs from person to person.

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Addiction and the brain... 

'Addiction is a complex disorder characterized by compulsive drug use. While each drug produces different physical effects, all abused substances share one thing in common: repeated use can alter the way the brain looks and functions.

  • Taking a recreational drug causes a surge in levels of dopa-mine in your brain, which trigger feelings of pleasure. Your brain remembers these feelings and wants them repeated.
  • If you become addicted, the substance takes on the same significance as other survival behaviors, such as eating and drinking. Drug addiction help
  • Changes in your brain interfere with your ability to think clearly, exercise good judgment, control your behavior, and feel normal without drugs.
  • Whether you’re addicted to cigarettes, inhalants, heroin, Xanax, speed, or Vicodin, the uncontrollable craving to use grows more important than anything else, including family, friends, career, and even your own health and happiness.
  • The urge to use is so strong that your mind finds many ways to deny or rationalize the addiction. You may drastically underestimate the quantity of drugs you’re taking, how much it impacts your life, and the level of control you have over your drug use.' Drug addiction help

~ Harvard Bonus Article

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How drug abuse and addiction can develop

People who experiment with drugs continue to use them because the substance either makes them feel good, or stops them from feeling bad. In many cases, however, there is a fine line between regular use and drug abuse and addiction. Very few addicts are able to recognize when they have crossed that line.

While frequency or the amount of drugs consumed don’t in themselves constitute drug abuse or addiction, they can often be indicators of drug-related problems.

  • Problems can sneak up on you, as your drug use gradually increases over time. For example, smoking a joint with friends on the weekend, or taking ecstasy at a rave, or cocaine at an occasional party, can change to using drugs a couple of days a week, then every day. Gradually, getting and using the drug becomes a necessity to you. Drug addiction help
  • If the drug fulfills an important need, you may find yourself increasingly relying on it. For example, you may take drugs to calm yourself if you feel anxious or stressed, energize you if you feel depressed, or make you more confident in social situations if you normally feel shy.
  • Or you may have started using prescription drugs to cope with panic attacks or relieve chronic pain. Until you find alternative, healthier methods for overcoming these problems, your drug use will likely continue.
  • Also, if you use drugs to fill a void in your life, you’re more at risk of crossing the line from casual use to drug abuse and addiction. To maintain healthy balance in your life, you need to have positive experiences, to feel good in your life... aside from any drug use.
  • As drug abuse takes hold, your ability to stop using is eventually compromised.

What began as a intentional choice has turned into a physical and psychological need.

The good news is that with the right treatment and support, you can counteract the disruptive effects of drug use and regain control of your life.

The first obstacle is to recognize and admit you have a problem and the ability to see the negative effects drug use is having on your life.

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Myths about Drug Abuse and Addiction

MYTH 1: Overcoming addiction is a simple a matter of willpower.

You can stop using drugs if you really want to.

Prolonged exposure to drugs alters the brain in ways that result in powerful cravings and a compulsion. These brain changes make it extremely difficult to quit by sheer force of will.

Read: How to break bad habits... and Causes of Drug Addiction...

MYTH 2: Addiction is a disease; there’s nothing you can do about it. Yes... it is a dis-ease... and you can do something about it.

Most experts agree that addiction is a brain disease, but you are not a powerless victim.

The brain changes because of addiction - but this can be reversed... if you stick to your commitment. Drug addiction help

MYTH 3: Addicts have to hit rock bottom before they can get better.

Not true. Recovery can begin at any point in the addiction process — and the earlier, the better. The longer drug abuse continues, the stronger the addiction becomes and the harder it is to treat.

MYTH 4: Treatment didn’t work before, so there’s no point trying again. Try again... and do it right this time! Remember the Law of Addiction... ALWAYS!

You are not a lost cause!


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