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Drug Addiction

An addiction to drugs can happen to anyone. It doesn't matter what your background is, who your family is or how much money you have. The life of a drug addict can begin like anyone's life, as a person going through life, good-intentioned, with dreams, aspirations and a vision for the future. There is a point when a problem or series of problems are encountered where the solution may seem difficult, or maybe impossible. It could be a major or catastrophic problem like a serious accident resulting in extreme physical discomfort or chronic pain. It could be an emotional problem caused by divorce, loss of employment or loss of a loved one. For young people it may be an emotional problem caused by social pressure, the need to belong, and/or a search for identity; whatever the problem, it can seem overwhelming with no solution for the pain, whether physical or emotional, cannot be endured. In many cases the cycle of addiction starts when a person turns to drugs or alcohol for relief from this pain and as a solution to the problems that are causing it. When this happens, the individual is usually unaware that a pattern has begun that will take him away from his dreams and goals in life.

At first, the drugs take the pain away. Whether its chronic physical pain or for emotional pain drugs will bring relief at least temporarily. At first drugs use seems to benefit the person by helping to deal with life problems. The drugs don't solve these problems though they only mount. When the effects of the drugs wear off the user is once again faced with reality but even less able to cope than before so drugs seem to be the best solution for the moment. As this habit or cycle of drug addiction begins to grasp the individual, they continue to use not realizing the dangers. Now a seemingly overwhelming problem begins to get worse and the drug user begins to go back to the drug repeatedly. Gradually it takes more of the drugs to achieve to desired effects and escape reality. The pattern is set. More time is spent under the influence of the drugs. Virtually no time is spent actually dealing with life, trying to find real solutions to problems. The drug user begins to see drugs as the thing that takes away from the discomfort, pain and unwanted feelings, and turns to drugs to escape from normal day to day situations that are not real problems. The drug user's ability to deal with everyday life is now diminished and the drug experience is becoming central to his life. This is where drug use changes to drug addiction. The desire for the drug becomes a need for the drug, an obsession that completely takes over all aspects of life. The drug abuser becomes fully addicted. By now the problems that the drugs were supposed to resolve are minor compared to the problems that the drug addiction has caused and these problems are totally out of the addicts ability to control. The dreams and aspirations of the addict are to get more drugs. The addict will do crazy things to get more drugs. The addicted person behaves strangely, withdrawn, erratic and destroys relationships with family and friends. He puts his job at risk and usually loses it. He cannot be trusted and will say and do anything that is necessary to get more drugs. The drug addict will say he is going to quit and get cleaned up - and he probably means it when he says it - but as soon as the effects begin to wear off, the only thought is to get more drugs. There is only one important thing in a drug addict's life and that is to get more drugs. The only way now, to stop this cycle of destruction is for the addict to get help, professional help enrolling into some type of drug treatment program. Get help now.

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