Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment

By The Care Centers. Posted on Fri Feb 26 2016

“I think today’s a good day to start a heroin addiction.” No one ever says anything like this. No one ever intends to lose control and become physically or psychologically addicted to alcohol, marijuana, cocaine, heroin, or methamphetamines. But people become addicts every day. How does that work?

Psychological Addiction
Whether they’re trying to fit in, looking for something to help them handle difficult emotional situations, or an escape from traumatic memories, alcohol and other drugs are a common (if misguided) tool for a lot of people. If you regularly use alcohol and/or other drugs to alter your state of mind to deal with these situations, though, you’ll soon find that you don’t know how to handle them if you’re not altered. With alcohol, marijuana, pain medication, and some other drugs, this leads to a psychological addiction long before you develop a physical dependency.

Alcohol Addiction
Alcohol addiction is a progressive physical, psychological, and spiritual disease. Many people have likened the changes in our health and behavior to putting a frog in boiling pan of water. If you bring the water to a boil first and try to put the frog in, it’ll hop out as quickly as possible. However, if you put the frog in a pan of room temperature water and slowly bring the heat up, the frog won’t notice the change and will actually stay in the water until it slowly boils to death. The progression into alcohol dependency is very similar, with slow but consistent changes in physical, mental, and emotional health.

Marijuana Addiction
People will tell you that marijuana is not addictive because it does not cause people to become physically dependent on it. However, it is most definitely a habit-forming drug, and it is very much psychologically addictive. If you are constantly altering your brain chemistry, you will soon not know what to do when you cannot get high. Furthermore, marijuana is very much a gateway drug. As you develop a physical tolerance for it, you will need to consume more and more to get the same high you once got from very little. Then, when that’s not enough, you’ll find yourself looking for other ways to get high, which can lead to harder drugs.

Heroin Addiction and Other Hard Drugs
Heroin is one of the most addictive drugs available today, but most people do not start their relationship with heroin by shooting up. For many people, it starts with recreational use of other opiates, like morphine or hydrocodone. Much like marijuana or alcohol, as you use heroin and other opiates, you’ll develop a tolerance for it, and you will need to take more and more to feel high. As you continue to seek this high, you won’t notice as your health, relationships, and normal life all slip away from you.

For addicts, the high is the most important thing in the world, and they will always choose it over anything else, including family, friends, work, and their health. Unfortunately, attempting to quit without help can lead to severe illness, relapses, and even death. That’s why it’s so important to get the best rehabilitative care possible. Contact The Care Centers today to get the help you need.

Tags: Mental Health