Drug addiction is a very uncomfortable topic to discuss, but it is still something we need to talk about. There are a lot of misconceptions when it comes to drug addiction that the general public has. These misconceptions are purported by the media, be it news or movies and television shows that focus on drug addiction.
But just like everything else in this world, there is no black and white here and it’s more of a grey area. This article will help reveal the truth behind the so called evils of drug addiction.
You don’t have a choice
Once a person is addicted to drugs, he doesn’t really have a choice. That is the very definition of addiction. A person does not choose to continue doing drugs after trying them once. He is forced to do so because of the nature of his addiction. Drugs make your body get used to a certain reaction, and over a period of time the body starts craving more and more of the drug, as the reaction has now become completely dependent on the drug.
This is something that happens everywhere and with every drug, even cigarettes and alcohol, which do not have the negative image that other ‘hard’ drugs have. The anatomy of a drug addiction is essentially the same everywhere.
It is a Disease
This might sound preposterous and completely unlike what you’ve been told up until now, but that doesn’t make it any less true. Drug addiction is now seen as a disease in the scientific community. Once a person is hooked on these drugs, he cannot help himself. He is a slave to his addiction. The addiction makes him do things that he would normally not do. He can steal, or lie, or break promises that he has made to you, all because of his addiction.
Much like asthma, or hypertension, drug addicts need to be treated like victims of a disease and treated accordingly.
There needs to be dedicated treatment for addiction. Even now, scientists are experimenting with different forms of medicine that will help curb the impulse of wanting a drug in the human body. Trials have shown varied amount of success, but the idea has fast gained traction with the community and has attracted a lot of positive attention.
There is Light at the End of this Dark Tunnel
Maybe you feel helpless when it comes to showing your drug addicted friend/family member the error of his ways. But don’t lose all hope. There is always one thing that works better than anything else and that is rehab.
There are several success stories of addicts who had hit the bottom of the barrel before picking themselves back up again and conquering their addiction. Go on the internet and find the several rehabilitation facilities and click here at any website to find out more about the facilities they offer and how to get the addict checked in.
Drug addiction makes one lose all sense of self, show him some love and support, and make the addict see that his addiction is not good for him. That is the only thing that will really help, because change can never happen unless you want it to first.