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Addiction Basics

9344-Supportive-FriendBeing 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.

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