Drug addiction does not happen to everyone, but it can happen to anyone. It is not a result of poverty or unfavorable living conditions. Anyone can become an addict, but some people are at greater risk than others.
There is no single factor that determines whether someone will be addicted to drugs, however, there are a combination if factors.
The more risk factors a person has, the greater the chance of addiction:
Willpower: ‘You can quit if you want to’. Drugs alter the brain, resulting in cravings to use drugs. It is extremely hard to stop using.
Disease:This assumes that nothing can be done about it. Addiction is considered a ‘brain disease’, but you are not a victim. The brain changes can be reversed through therapy, medication exercise etc.
Hit bottom: It is not true that if you don’t hit bottom, you won’t recover. The earlier you treat the addiction, the easiest it is to treat.
Wants Help: Everyone with a drug addiction has mixed feelings about getting help. Family, legal issues, employment ~ the more pressure on them to get help, the better. With sobriety, there is clarity, many resistant addicts decide to change once they're in the process of getting help.
Failed before: Gaining sobriety is not easy. There can be many relapses. Recovery can be a long process. It doesn't mean failure. The process must be re-evaluated. What went wrong? What must be done differently.
are not a lost cause. You just have to do something different.
(American Council for Drug Education)
If you notice the signs of drug addiction, or
alcoholism, it is never an easy subject to talk about, but you must.The longer you avoid the issues, the worse problems become. It is also important not to enable anyone with a drug/alcohol problem
Alanon is a good support group that is free for family member of alcoholics & addicts. There are also 12-step groups like Narcotics Anonymous
If you're serious about change, have an initial 1/2 hr consultation to find out what your need.
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