Addiction and Recovery

Addiction can simply be defined as a harmful pattern of using any substance (i.e., alcohol and drugs) to alter a present mood or to unwind on occasions. Substances that are already harmful are being mixed with more potent substances such as fentanyl, which plays a major role in our countries overdose rates.

Substance use has side effects that includes problems and alteration in cognitive memory, learning, and behavioral mood swing. It’s easy to get addicted to substances after using them for a while. Medically, there are so many things that many people can become addicted to, including tobacco, alcohol, illegal and prescription drugs, food, sleep, eating disorders, overspending, compulsive behaviors, obsessions, TV, games, the internet, sex, pornography, gambling, or even self-mutilation like cutting. Many of these actions are considered to be minor and won’t really harm you, such as playing endless video games or craving a certain variety of food. They’re really looked at as more like preferences than addictions. Other addictions are severe and can alter your brain, make you do uncharacteristic things, or even kill you the first time. And substance abuse is a strong and prevalent issue in the world today.

So, why is addiction to substances such a big deal? Consider this food for thought: next to life itself, the power to willingly choose is one of our greatest gift and problem. And once addicted to something, we give up our power to choose— our freedom and eventually become a slave and the substance becomes our master. Ironically, when it says to you “jump,” you say “how high?” That’s why what you do about addiction is clearly one of the most important decisions you’ll ever make. As you will clearly see from more exposition about substance use, it’s my hope that the idea that “there’s nothing fun about it ” hits home to you.

The cold, hard facts when it comes to substance abuse or activities is that reality needs to be faced and recovery must be sought after. If these decisions are not considered, they tend to become stronger than the abuser. You don't have to be pretty, handsome, respected, bright, easy going, and friendly to not fall prey or lured. No one is immune. Abusers have many things in common with everyone else like: hopes, aspirations, dreams, and goals. But, the only thing that separates us from the rest of the world are the way we cope with our problems, usually starting during our teens.

If care isn’t taken, substance use will lead to severe emotional issues like low self-esteem, which is in alot of cases the reason we used in the first place. On several occasions, it can make someone too seldom at peace. As I carefully outlined earlier, between our individual impulses and what we do about them is a space, and in that space lies timeless virtues like your freedom to choose. Yet, in the case of an abuse to a substance, your freedom to choose is jeopardized and laid aside by the power of your addiction which inevitably leads to no more space.

Evidently, the cost and power of addiction shouldn’t be underestimated at all. Due to the fact that its impacts can be seen and felt by everyone around you whether you like it or not; a plethora of people can be adversely affected even dreams and aspirations. What a sad story and ending! Most substance-abuse problems start with drugs like tobacco, alcohol, and marijuana. As a teenager these substances are easy to obtain, atleast in my experience. Nowadays teens are getting into drugs like heroin, yes heroin and fentanyl are becoming more and more common with our youth. These substances are dangerous in and of themselves and more so at such a young age when discussing our insecurities is difficult, and we aren’t equipped with healthy coping mechanisms yet. This can lead to experimentation with more dangerous and hard-core drugs. Even if you never become an addict, these drugs can do immense damage to your anatomy and physiology, even after just one try. So why take the chance? Most may agree it’s the “it won’t happen to me” thinking. If you are someone that is either in recovery or in active addiction you may agree that your experience or what you are going through wasn’t expected at such a early age. Some people have the ability to use substances and put them down. Addicts do not we suffer from the disease of MORE!

Facing truth is what recovery looks like and the longer we use drugs and alcohol the more hard truth we are going to have to face. So, a key step to recovery is honesty with not only others but most importantly ourselves. Making that first call for help is the turning point in our lives, but can be the most difficult decision to make. Don’t forget, take no chance at all. Since some decisions can be made based just on facts, use the facts and insights that has been outlined here to stand your ground against continuing on another day in active addiction. Moreover, you might need to know yourself. Recovery is getting to know yourself. The more you get to know how you operate the greater chance you will have to say no to pressures and lures that may compromise your progress. Having this strength will give you something more important to say yes to, such as being present in our loved ones lives. Lastly, you might need to analyse and know the situation that you are in. This basically means that you are not to flirt with danger or put yourself in situations where you may not be strong enough to resist. A recovering alcoholic doesn't have to apply or take a job as a bartender.

On a final note, recovery is very possible for anyone who wants it. But, this might mean that you will need to take full responsibility for where you are and where you are going- the freedom you seek. Maybe, friends, past experiences, or even poor parenting is what you believe got you here; but, you will still need to take responsibility for your recovery.

If you need assistance and would like to speak to someone call (800) 880-4823 or email Resources@AmericaFightingSubstanceAbuse.com