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If you or someone you know is experiencing difficulties with a drug addiction, you know how damaging it can be to a person’s life. However, if you are a person or know someone who has just begun using drugs, you may not be fully aware of the dangers you fill face once you become addicted to the drug. One of the best things you can do to either avoid or treat a drug addiction is to make sure you are well informed on the subject. It is advised that you get your information from a reliable source, such as this book, rather than from other drug users. The following chapters in this book will touch base on some key points that will help you with beating or avoiding an addiction which will eventually lead to death.
Many people think that their addiction problems will never be solved or that change is impossible. This is not true! With proper guidance, determination, support, and the helpful information in this book, a better drug-free life will be within reach.
Chapter 01 - What is Drug Addiction?
Drug addiction is a serious problem and it is not only found in certain areas or with certain types of people. Addiction is found everywhere and with all types of people. It does not matter if a person is rich or poor, strong or weak or what neighborhood or country they live in, addiction exists. That is why it is so important that people are well informed on the subject of addiction because no matter who you are or where you are, if you make poor decisions involving drugs addiction is waiting just around the corner.
Some people may be misinformed on drug use and addiction, either because they have talked to the wrong people or because they have not talked to anyone about it. This is understandable; it can be awkward talking to others about drug-abuse and addiction, especially when the person is already sliding down the slippery slope of addiction. If you are one of these people this book might serve as a better option for you because it contains reliable information that you can read in privacy and not have to be embarrassed about your issues. The following chapter will provide you with more information on the basics of drug addiction.
Being stuck in an addiction or knowing a friend or loved one with an addiction can feel like you are being sucked into a black hole with no way of escaping and death waiting just on the other side of the tunnel. Those who are currently experiencing addiction or are currently in recovery know how true that statement really is. The worst part about addiction is that once it is full blown it begins to make people delusional toward how bad their problem really is. Getting through to someone about how much damage they are causing to their body can be compared to trying to reason with a rock, they just don’t listen. In most cases, it is not until the addict reaches their lowest possible point in life, also known as rock bottom, that they will begin to see what their life has really become. Sadly, this point often times comes no sooner than death.
Drug addiction comes in a couple different forms. There are mental drug addictions and there are physical drug addictions, there can also be addictions that are mental and physical. Mental addictions are serious, but can be easier to deal with than physical addictions. This is due to the fact that a physical addiction stems from a lack of chemicals produced in the brain because of drug-abuse. Chemicals that are naturally produced by the body to regulate your mood and energy levels are produced at a slower rate when drugs are taken on a regular basis to try to compensate for the flood of dopamine and serotonin that the brains receptors are trying to take in. At first this flood of chemicals in the brain will cause euphoric feelings but as time goes on, your brain starts to produce less and less of its own chemicals. This leads to more drug use and a worse addiction. The act of using more drugs to try to reach the same level of euphoria is known as chasing the high. Eventually this leads to the brain producing hardly any chemicals and the person feels depressed without the drug, has a hard time functioning without the drug, and can become physically ill. A couple good examples of physically addictive drugs would be heroin and alcohol. Both can make a person very ill and that is why most heroin abusers and alcoholics have to go through a detox process in a clinic before going to rehab.
If you are a parent who is trying to keep your child from using drugs, or any other loved ones, the following are a few tips that will help you in your battle.
Know Their Friends:
It is important that you know all of their friends. You need to actually sit down and talk with their friends to get a real feel for the type of person they are. A lot of parents know the names of their child’s friends but do not really know anything about them. This can create a high risk situation because most kids begin using drugs through the influence of their social group. This is especially true around the junior high to high school phase of the child’s life. However, it seems that every year kids are starting to use drugs at a younger age and harder drugs than you would think a child would ever do. That is why it is so important to know all of your child’s friends, even at an early age.
Be Involved in Their Life:
People want to feel loved, so it is important to be involved in your child’s life. Do everything you can to show them that they matter. It may be
difficult at times to make time for this but it is very important and should be thought of as your top priority.
Be Honest and Have Discussions:
This is probably the most important step you need to take in order to prevent or treat an addiction. If your loved ones do not feel as if they can be honest with you they will most likely stray off in undesirable directions. This can be avoided by being open with your loved ones and making them feel as if they can tell you anything.
If you are a person who is already suffering from addiction or know someone who is, the following chapters will be very beneficial for you because they contain information on treatment for drug addictions.