Factor #2 - Creating the Addiction Compulsion.
Parents of addicts often feel responsible for their kid’s addiction. They feel they somehow failed them. They wonder how their kid turned into that deceiving stranger with the addiction compulsion.
In most cases, it is not the fault of the parent. And your loved one did not decide one day to become an addict, as you will soon discover further in this page.
The person only wanted to cope with a problem that did not seem to have an immediate solution. Drugs seemed to be a good solution, after all we have all been taught that medications are safe, and they keep us healthy - right?
“And all illegal drugs have their counterparts in the pharmacy, so they cannot be that bad. If all I risk is jail, then I just need to be careful not to get caught.”
So What Are Drugs?
No matter what your opinion of drugs and medications are, our body treats them as toxins. Drugs essentially are poisons. A small amount may create the desired medical effect, while an overdose could kill you.
Even at the desired dosage, drugs carry with them a multitude of side effects and health problems that are just not present with nutrients such as vitamins and natural medicines. This is another indication that drugs are not nutrients and are toxic to the body.
The First Step Toward Mental & Physical Addiction:
Drugs create an unhealthy physical and mental state, causing the body to be uncomfortable and tricking the mind to perceiving and feeling things that aren't there. The abuser now sees things differently than we do.
As a result, the person is rendered less bright, blank, forgetful, delusive and irresponsible. He gets into a “wooden” sort of state, introverted, unfeeling, insensitive, unable and definitely not trustworthy.
This can be slight wherein the person is seen to make occasional mistakes. It can be as serious as total insanity where the events apparent to him are completely different than those apparent to anyone else. And it can be all grades in between.
He often seems to be there. Really he isn’t “tracking” fully with present time. What is going on to a rational observation is not what is going on to him.
He may explain and justify his own world and spin stories daily.
This is the beginning of what we call a “drug personality”. It is artificial and is created by drugs.
Their mental and emotional abilities diminish, they make mistakes, and life becomes too difficult to easily function. The drug abuser is now a step closer toward addiction.
The Beginning of their Compulsive Need For Drugs
When the drugs wear off, or start to wear off, the drug abuser begins to feel withdrawal symptoms and the mental damages that his drug abuse caused. The discomforts can be unbearable to an addict.
These stronger discomforts combined with a weakened mental and emotional state creates this compulsion to avoid discomfort, pain and reality.
The First Step to Resolving Their Compulsion:
The first step then, is to get them through withdrawal and then through a thorough detox before teaching them the life skills they so desperately need.
It is a fact that drug and alcohol abusers don’t like to be addicts.
As soon as a person feels healthier and more competent mentally and physically without drugs than they do when on drugs, they cease to require drugs.
Unfortunately, because of their compulsions and their diminished mental and emotional capacities, drug abusers create yet another obstacle toward their recovery.
We explain that last obstacle in Factor #3: The Deceiving Stranger - Drugs Alter Personality