The question is frequently asked: Why does a man become a drug addict? The answer is that he usually does not intend to become an addict. You don’t wake up one morning and decide to be a drug addict. It takes at least three months’ shooting twice a day to get any habit at all. And you don’t really know what junk sickness is until you have had several habits. It took me almost six months to get my first habit, and then the withdrawal symptoms were mild. I think it no exaggeration to say it takes about a year and several hundred injections to make an addict. The questions, of course, could be asked: Why did you ever try narcotics? Why did you continue using it long enough to become an addict? You become a narcotics addict because you do not have strong motivations in the other direction. Junk wins by default. I tried it as a matter of curiosity. I drifted along taking shots when I could score. I ended up hooked. Most addicts I have talked to report a similar experience. They did not start using drugs for any reason they can remember. They just drifted along until they got hooked. If you have never been addicted, you can have no clear idea what it means to need junk with the addict’s special need. You don’t decide to be an addict. One morning you wake up sick and you’re an addict.
We are all complicated individuals. Our psychological makeup varies substantially and significantly impacts every aspect of our lives. Thankfully today emotional difficulties are more widely shared, making it at least slightly easier to navigate the troubled waters of dealing with an emotional disturbance with someone you love.
No one imagines having to deal with a loved one who is struggling with addiction. But the reality is that millions of people suffer from the disease, and it can happen to anyone. Many of today’s drug addictions start at the home medicine cabinet, not on the streets. We are now seeing hardcore substances like heroin pop up in affluent suburbs and impacting families that would seem most out of reach from addiction.
The opioid addiction crisis gripping the nation has been bad enough but now drug officials and first responders increasingly see cases of heroin mixed with the powerful analgesic fentanyl.
"We learned that we had to fully concede to our innermost selves that we were alcoholic."In the book Alcoholics Anonymous, it states that this is the first step in our recovery. How I learned to concede was a long and tedious process of repeated attempts to regain some form of control and direction in my daily life, while enduring continued failures, and repeated disappointments to myself and those around me.
You decided to check into an addiction treatment center to become sober and healthy. Great News! Setting a date for admission to a rehab center is one of the best decisions you will ever make. Now that you’ve made the first step, now what?
We know "The War on Drugs" isn't working and we need a new approach. A new report from the US Surgeon General’s office urging the government and health bodies to recognize substance abuse as a mental health issue, not a criminal one, might just be the answer.
Hi, I'm Jackie!
I am no expert at addiction recovery, but I want to do all I can to help those that struggle. Quotes About Addiction is dedicated to providing inspirational quotes from different people at different times to encourage addicts into recovery.
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