About Drug and Alcohol Addiction
The South is rich in its beliefs and sense of family. These are values that are held closesly and can also be an extremely important part of recovery from alcohol or other drug addiction.
Just as those beliefs are important, so is the idea or belief in what addiction really is. For example, more people tend to relapse if they believe that addiction is a hopeless disease that has no cure, only life-long treatments. On the other side, the belief that addiction can be beaten and put in the past forever generates a much higher level of success because of the personal responsiblity. Finding out how one can be in control instead of searching for what was done to them can make a huge difference in the overall outcome.
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How does someone become an addict?
First, they have some sort of unwanted problem or discomfort in life - which could include relationship difficulties, boredom, physical pain, etc. Somewhere along the line someone introduces a drug to them as a means to temporarily solve that problem - and it seems to work because they do feel better (or just go numb) about the problem. The next time the problem arises they go back to that drug, or another one, for that same relief.
As this cycle repeats itself the person begins to build a tolerance to the drug, requiring more of it to produce the same effect. Then there are also the immediate and side effects of the drug that cause more problems in life. Now the person's only solution is to continue taking the drug, but the drug is the thing which is making life worse, and so the spiral out of control continues until there is nothing left.
Addiction is defined as compulsive need for and use of a habit-forming substance (as heroin, nicotine, or alcohol) characterized by tolerance and by well-defined physiological symptoms upon withdrawal; broadly persistent compulsive use of a substance known by the user to be harmful - Mirriam-Webster Online Dictionary
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