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The Basic Cycle of Addiction

Knowledge is power for anyone who is facing addiction.  Even the family and friends can gain understanding and know how addiction works.  The education will help the loved ones support the person fighting the disease.  Trauma, stress, mental health disorders, and family history can play a role in addiction.  Any distress on a person can drive them to use a substance which temporarily takes away troubles.  The individual tries a drug or drink, and the body responds with rewarding feelings.  The euphoric experience is pleasurable compared to feeling down or depressed.  The brain and body begin to crave the substance.  The cycle of addiction can begin after only one use of a drug.  

The drug use begins to become more and more frequent as the body builds a tolerance to the effects.  The thought patterns and mental focus become disoriented.  People in the addict’s life will feel mistreated or want to get the individual to admit to the problem.  Loneliness and more frequent drug use start to control the addict’s emotions and self-control.  Loss of a job, home, car, or relationship can affect behaviors and feelings, too.  The addict is solely interested in obtaining the drug, using the substance, and ignoring reality and responsibilities.  

The negative reactions become habits.  The individual will realize the drugs and alcohol are the issues.  Although, the addict will refuse the reality of the situation.  Wanting to become abstinent is very different from actual detox.  The addict fully knows abstinence is the best option and still not be able to accomplish sobriety due to the pull, drive, and cravings the substance creates.  Fears of embarrassment, physical pain, and detox withdrawal symptoms will prevent the individual from seeking treatment.  The guilt the addict feels from manipulating people or spending money on drugs can push the individual into depression.  Emotions from reality and the withdrawal symptoms feel doubled.  The cravings become stronger, and the addict gives in.  The guilt can also come from continued use.

Addicts will ask themselves:

Why can’t I stop?  

I knew I wasn’t strong enough.

This isn’t me, is it?

The negative self-talk builds and creates more tension and depression.  People suffering from PTSD can have flashbacks to the traumatic experiences.  Anxiety can create wild and racing thoughts.  Anyone facing addiction, despite different circumstances, has a cycle to break.  The ups and downs of mood, behavior, and emotions do not provide and balanced and healthy lifestyle.  Getting help and treatment to fight the disease will support the individual to balance and maintain healthier practices.  

Break the cycle of addiction and start to live a life which is rich and full.  Resilient House has spiritual guides and holistic experts who can give you everything you need, including ongoing support after treatment.  Find a new approach by calling 833-change1 (833-242-6431).