Unlike simple bad habits, drug addictions can have wide reaching and serious consequences. They have a negative impact on the personal lives of the individual, their families and other people. Drugs affect health, financial well-being and interpersonal relationships. Illegal substances can often lead to arrest and prosecution and have a dire impact.
So what is actually going on, why to people risk taking substances that case the harmful side effects?
People with substance use issues are not weak or bad people. They turn to substances for a wide variety of reasons and they are simply not equipped to deal with pain or problematic emotional reglations. Substances consequently address an under lying void that they need to fill in order to feel ok. The things they do whilst in the grip of addiction are also not indicative of their true nature or personallity – their behaviour is a result of the substance altering their behaviour.
People with “drug addictions” cannot control their addictions without highly specilised help. In many circumstances, they would rather adjust their lives to enable them to continue with the substance use. It becomes the centre point of their lives and focus and becomes hard to see a way out of the cycle as they effectively are trapped in the cycle. Suddenly cessaction using a drug, can be met with severe physical withdrawal symptoms, as well as anxiety problems and return to using the drug.
Detoxification enables the patient to overcome the severe discomfort of withdrawing from an addictive drug substance and begin their journey into recovery.
Effective professional therapy deals with the underlying issues that caused the person to turn to drugs in the first place. It also fortifies the person to maintain future, long term freedom from drugs.