Anyone who thinks an addict could simply use willpower to stop their addiction needs to understand how addiction begins and why addicts need professional help. With some substances being abused today, addiction can come into a person’s life even if he or she only uses the substance once. This is the case with many street drugs that are formulated to intentionally create immediate addiction. Also, many prescription pain medicines contain powerful chemicals that are extremely addictive.
An addiction is a physical and psychological problem that can destroy a person’s chances of excelling in any aspect of their life. An addiction can begin with one use, and in a few short weeks can turn into something out of the addict’s control. With repeated use of any drug, the user will eventually need more and more of the substance to achieve the desired effects, and this level of addiction will require professional treatment in order to cleanse the body and eliminate intense withdrawal symptoms.
Another example of how addiction begins is that many people use drugs or alcohol as an occasional social or recreational mood enhancer on the weekends or when they go to a certain friend’s house. Soon enough, once or twice a week simply is not enough and they progress to using more and more until they spend every dime that they make on obtaining drugs or alcohol, and spend most of their time getting high.
Without treatment for an addiction, side effects can become permanent and even fatal. Regardless of how addiction begins, A Forever Recovery can design a treatment program to address all aspects of your specific situation.