When most people think of alcohol and drug addiction, they think of cocaine, heroine, percocets, or an alcoholic substance such as Jack Daniels. The majority of addicts abuse the hard illicit drugs that can be found on the street but sometimes that is not the case.
Take for example, the experience of a close friend of mine. She will tell you that her father is a recovering alcoholic and has not had a drink since 1999. What she will not tell you is that while he has stopped using, and therefore abusing alcohol, he has not conquered addiction.
Addiction runs deep. A few years back, while struggling with bouts of insomnia, he tried taking Nyquil to help him fall asleep. At first he only used the Nyquil for a few nights out of the week, but as time went on, a few nights turned into a few weeks, and a few weeks eventually became months. As many addicts do, when confronted by his family about his constant use of Nyquil, he denied it was a problem. He claimed he just needed it to sleep. Eventually he began to hide his substance abuse from his family but when they would not back down, he finally stopped using Nyquil: only to switch to using Alka-Seltzer Nighttime formula instead.
So the question raised by this example is not necessarily what constitutes addiction, but whether or not a person has the ability to separate themselves from the addictive tendencies that run deep and become part of their everyday lives? In technical terms, addiction is the state in which a body relies on the use of a substance for normal functioning for their everyday activities. But addiction is not just a physical disease. It affects all aspects of a person’s psyche, including their mental and emotional well-being. Which is often why it is difficult for addicts to admit that they have a problem or separate themselves from the grasp that addiction can take hold.
Although addicts can physically withdraw from abusing these substances through the help of recovery and treatment centers, the emotional and mental repercussions can last for years to come. If you know of someone who is suffering from addiction, don’t be afraid to stage an intervention and get him or her the help they need. It could be the first step in saving his or her life.
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