Drug Addiction

Drug Cravings

Ever since we were children we have been bombarded with pressures to be the best, look the best, have the most fun, and make the most money. With such high standards to live up to, it isn’t difficult to see why many people become depressed or ashamed if they feel they haven’t lived up to their highest potential. Unfortunately, these are some of the people who become unwitting prey to the latest pharmaceutical wonder drug that guarantees to cure their blues and blahs. Today, a trip to the doctor for anti-depressants or pain medications is like a kid going trick-or-treating, because there is a veritable bounty of drugs available for the asking. Many legal drugs today are on a controlled substance list and these are stringently monitored by the government and physicians to help people avoid addictions. But, the sad truth is, even with controlled doses and strict regiments, many people still develop high tolerance levels or addictions, because they can’t fight the strong drug cravings.

What makes humans such easy prey for addictive substances or behaviors?

Extensive research and studies throughout the years show that drugs, whether legal or illegal, create chemical changes in the mind and body of the user that require professional treatment before effective recovery can take place. Whether an individual may have started out with drugs to control chronic pain, or they experimented with drugs to have a little fun, the end result is that this one conscious decision can turn into a compulsive behavior in a short period of time. Like a kid eating candy, drugs make the user feel good, and they want to feel good again and again, ignoring the possible side effects. With kids and candy the side effects might be a toothache, nausea or vomiting, but they are willing to take the risk because the candy is so good. With drug abusers the side effects are much more serious. Their brain associates feeling good with taking the drug. If it doesn’t get the drug, cravings begin and the individual is compelled to consume more in order to quiet these uncomfortable sensations. In far too many cases, overdose is the result of the desire to escape withdrawals. The following comparison reveals the level of control these substances enforce on the human mind and body, tricking the person into believing they need the drug simply to feel normal:

The Good Feelings: (with the drug)

  • Happiness
  • Euphoria
  • Energetic
  • Calmness
  • Relaxation
  • Pain-free
The Bad Feelings: (without the drug)

  • Sadness
  • Depression
  • Lethargic
  • Mood swings
  • Anxiety
  • Muscle aches, pains

Repeated use of drugs or alcohol can alter the way the brain produces dopamine which is responsible for controlling how the person reacts to pleasure and pain. Without the drug present in the person’s body, cravings begin. Some of the drug cravings can be mild, while others can be unbearable. In addition to the “bad feelings” shown above, drug cravings can also include the following:

  • paranoia
  • nausea, vomiting
  • disorientation
  • dizziness
  • sleepiness
  • shakes and tremors
  • tension
  • lack of appetite
  • • anger, violence
  • • psychosis

Other problems recovering addicts face are the familiar objects, places, and people that were part of their drug abusing environment. Being faced with these can stimulate dopamine levels and cause drug cravings to return. In many cases, simply thinking about the drug or the places and people involved can trigger cravings. For this reason, it is wise to continue in an aftercare program following rehab in order to obtain much needed support during these times when cravings appear and you feel compelled to use again.

Consequences Far Outweigh the Few Moments of Fun

A great deal of effort has been spent across the country to educate young people and adults about the dangers of substance abuse, but the fact remains, we are still faced with an epidemic of addicted individuals who need professional treatment.  Many of them fail to get treatment due to financial problems.  Others are in denial and don’t yet realize how serious their problem really is.  Unfortunately, they all are victims of a great deception – the drug deceived them into thinking they were having a good time, until one day they awoke to find they hardly recognized themselves any longer.  Many of them at this point have developed serious threats to their health such as:

  • high blood pressure
  • impaired memory
  • cognitive problems
  • weakened immune system
  • damage to major organs
  • heart attack or failure
  • respiratory problems
  • seizures, coma
  • stroke

The good news is, our highly skilled staff of addiction specialists are experienced in treating the physical, mental, and spiritual aspects of your addiction to ensure that you have a successful recovery and avoid relapse in the future. If drugs have taken over your life and your physical and mental health are in jeopardy, don’t wait a moment longer to contact us and get started on a plan to take back control of your life.  We know what it takes to overcome powerful cravings and eliminate drugs from your life completely.  Have you ever wondered what it would be like to save someone’s life?  Find out.  Save your own life.  Call now.

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