Addiction to drugs is a very serious problem throughout the world today. It has transcended all racial, generational and social barriers. Unfortunately, almost everyone today knows someone who is experiencing problems related to street or prescription drugs. Far too many families have felt the devastation of watching a loved one succumb to these powerful chemicals, and many have lost a loved one due to overdose or drug-related accidents or suicide.
There are hundreds of reasons for drug abuse behavior, but one of the most prevalent reasons is that young people are bombarded by negative influences daily. They watch movies that portray consuming large amounts of drugs or alcohol as the best way to have a good time. Many teens are introduced to drugs at parties or at clubs known as “raves”, and innocently think they can just use it this one time to have a little fun. The drug Ecstasy is the most popular of these club drugs, and has taken many young lives. Other young people are exposed to drug abuse at home because they have a parent who is addicted, and their drugs are often easily available around the house.
In society today, many people are under the impression that they are not as successful. or as beautiful, or as smart as they want to be. This often leads to depression and low-self esteem. Then, they come across a drug that makes them feel great about themselves and have the energy to accomplish many things in a day. Before they realize it, they are addicted to the drug and all the problems they imagined before are now a reality because addiction takes away success, destroys beauty and erases cognitive ability. In most cases, drugs only add to a person’s problems rather than taking them away.
Easy to Start but Impossible to Stop
Some people may think that using drugs is harmless, but those who are addicted to a substance know better, for they know the detrimental effects that have already been inflicted on their body and life. In far too many instances, a successful, intelligent person will succumb to drugs and eventually lose their career, their home and their family but at this point, they no longer care about any of that, because the drug is now in control of their entire being. Their day is a series of getting high, crashing, and trying to find more drugs to get high again. If they are broke and homeless, they often resort to crime or prostitution to fund the habit and become infected with STD’s or HIV/AIDS or hepatitis.
Addiction to drugs is much more than a physical dependence, it is a life-altering, devastating disease that will not go away on its own. Once the chemicals have taken control inside the mind and body, the addict can no longer make the conscious decision to stop using the drug. If they try to abstain, intense withdrawal symptoms make it impossible. Some of those withdrawal symptoms can be intense or even life-threatening, depending on the substance abused and the severity of the addiction. Withdrawal from the drug can produce symptoms such as:
- shakes or tremors
- agitation, aggression
- nausea and vomiting, diarrhea
- increased heart rate
- high blood pressure
- hallucinations, DT’s
There may be many other symptoms experienced depending on the individual’s condition, but the above are the most common.
With most addicts, addiction is the result of a combination of emotional problems, environmental issues, family dysfunction, depression, peer pressure, thrill-seeking behavior, or family history of addiction. To successfully overcome addiction, these contributing factors must be dealt with by trained professionals to ensure that the individual enjoys lasting recovery. Professional programs are designed to help the individual understand the core reasons for their need to use drugs or alcohol, and teach them the skills and methods to avoid relapse after successfully completing treatment. The programs are also designed to restore the self-esteem and confidence the individual will need to rebuild their life and make amends with family members.
Recovery is a Matter of Choice and Determination
Addiction to drugs is not something to take lightly. It is not the casual pastime that some would have us to believe; it is a very serious problem that destroys families and lives. On a daily basis, hundreds of people will lose their life due to overdose or drug-related accidents. Not all of these people were severe addicts, but were someone who actually thought they could try the drug just once without any problems. These overdose situations are often the result of mixing drugs with alcohol, or mixing one drug with another, or using a drug that has been “laced” with dangerous chemicals. Street drugs are especially dangerous because the seller will often cut the drug with other substances in order to gain higher profits, and these drugs often fall into the hands of innocent young people.
When abused, these powerful chemicals, whether legal or illegal, cause devastating damage in the mind and body resulting in heart problems, liver and kidney failure, stroke, memory loss, and many other serious problems. The best way to avoid any life-long damage from the effects of drugs is to seek professional addiction treatment right away. With each day that passes and with each hit of the drug, the toxic effects are accumulating inside the body and will eventually become life-threatening. This dangerous situation can be avoided by getting treatment as soon as possible.
Do you know someone who has an addiction? Are you addicted? If so, you need to get help immediately. You or your loved one may need professional medical treatment to conquer this habit for good. If need be, you or your loved one may require hospitalization or be assigned to a drug treatment center such as A Forever Recovery. Any program will require determination and dedication on your part, but the caring staff and highly trained specialists in our facility will do everything to ensure that you are safe, comfortable, and treated with the utmost respect. Our goal is heal the mind, body and spirit to provide effective recovery for a lifetime of freedom from the restraints of addiction. The benefits of a drug-free life are worth the effort.
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We utilize the most current and innovative treatment methods available today with the purpose of getting clients off the drugs and restore optimum physical and mental health. With options such as massage therapy, acupuncture, MRT (Moral Reconation Therapy), cognitive skills training, nutritional guidance, vitamin therapy, exercise classes, and many others, our clients are able to create a treatment regimen best suited for their needs and preferences.
Our staff is dedicated to each client’s successful recovery and will do everything possible to help them achieve that goal. We employ only certified specialists in the field of addiction treatment, and their expertise is a crucial aspect of the overall treatment program. The counselors and staff are available 24/7 to provide support or advice when a client feels the need for encouragement. With this amount of dedication and support, each client receives the level of care they need for overcoming their powerful addiction.
Addiction is not a matter of choice, but recovery is. Make the choice today to end your addiction and take back control of your life. Fight addiction to drugs today. Call A Forever Recovery to find out how our treatment programs can help you beat your addiction.