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Why Am I Addicted to Drugs or Alcohol?

Last updated: Tuesday, 11, August 2020

Did you wake up this morning hungover from another night of endless drinking? Did you suffer a blackout because you finally got that fix you have been dying for the last two days? Did you not know the person lying in bed next to you this morning because the last thing you remembered was snorting crack last night?
You know you have a problem. Even more, you know that there has to be a reason. You know that drug rehab can help you get clean. Did you also know that drug rehab can help you to answer the question "why am I addicted?"

Getting into drug rehab can do many things for you. It will detox you so that the drugs or alcohol completely leave your system. It can help you to learn the tools needed to get clean and stay clean even after you get out of rehab.

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It can also help you answer the question of why you are addicted. How? Because you will have therapy sessions that will help you to understand what led to the addiction. You will learn to cope with things from the past so that you will not relapse when you get out and begin using drugs or drinking excessively again. You will learn what aftercare is all about.

Therapy, family sessions, group sessions, and individual private sessions will help you to face things that led to your addiction. Before you leave drug rehab, you will know the answer to that question, and you will have built around yourself the armor needed to keep the enemy of addiction away. You will be able to heal from whatever in the past haunts you and made you become addicted. You will be able to stand up and say no the next time the craving gets to you. You will understand what your addiction is and why you became addicted, to begin with.

Whether it was a traumatic experience, whether it was a genetic reason (some alcohol problems stem from a genetic predisposition to alcoholism), or whether you succumbed to a prescription medication addiction, the answer as to why you became addicted can be found during your treatment program. Just as importantly, you will find that you are not alone. Others have similar stories to yours. You will not be an outcast. You will be among others who have had their addiction caused by either the same thing as yours or something just as life-changing. You will not be judged. You will not be destroyed. You will come out of rehab with the knowledge of why you became addicted, and you will emerge even stronger than ever before.

Am I addicted to drugs?

If you are asking yourself this question, it is more likely than not that you have a drug problem. You may not literally be addicted to drugs, but if you are worried about your drug use, you need to seek professional advice to determine the extent of your problem and to take measures to put this worry out of your mind.

By definition, being addicted to drugs means that you cannot operate well without them, which means that you feel some sort of withdrawal when you are not using a drug or drugs. Sometimes that is only an emotional craving, but if you find yourself repeatedly thinking about obtaining drugs or taking them, then you would qualify as having a psychological addiction. Physical addiction comes from using drugs regularly to the point that the body has adjusted to having these drugs in your system and when they are removed, your body goes through physiological changes that cause distress, and you will find your drug-cravings to be insatiable until you take more of the drug you are craving.

Should my addiction be treated by medication?

This is a common question in our society since we have been trained to believe that most problems can be treated chemically. However, since many people that are addicted have taken drugs or medications to handle life's problems, taking another drug is NOT the answer. For certain types of withdrawals, it is necessary to have medical assistance and medications may be necessary for a short time, but it should be remembered that there are no medications that solve the addiction, they only substitute one drug for another. Methadone is the most common substitute drug, and many professionals subscribe to the idea that methadone maintenance is the only "cure" or solution for opiate addiction. This is not true. It will take away the cravings for other opiates, like Vicodin or heroin, but it will not relieve you from your addiction.

What is addiction?

Simply stated, addiction is a continual desire to repeat an action in spite of your desire to not do so. Most of the time a person that is addicted will have a logical reason why they should repeat their destructive actions, but their addiction overrides their better judgment, and they repeat the destructive behavior.

You hear about food addictions and gambling addiction as well as the more common drug addiction, and all of these addictions fit that simple definition. You can have a psychological and/or physical addiction. If you are physically addicted to any substance, such as tobacco, you will also have a psychological addiction, but the reverse isn't necessarily true.


Nickolaus Hayes - Author

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