This is from the National Institute of Drug Abuse:
“Addiction is defined as a chronic, relapsing brain disease that is characterized by compulsive drug seeking and use, despite harmful consequences.† It is considered a brain disease because drugs change the brain—they change its structure and how it works. These brain changes can be long-lasting, and can lead to the harmful behaviors seen in people who abuse drugs.”
There are many forms of the drug addict just like there are many forms of and alcoholic. Once you are a drug addict you never “stop being a drug addict”. You are then a drug addict in remission because you still carry that gene and risk with you always. People take drugs to feel good, numb the pain or numb emotions, to do better, because they are curious, etc. They can use drugs occasionally, frequently, or all day every day. But they don’t realize (or care) that their drug use effects other people around them. Using drugs is a selfish, individual thing and not a 2 person or family activity. It is solely in the brain of one person who then takes the action. I am told that is is a “disease” and the drug-addict has no control. That is hard for me to understand because I have always been on the other end of the spectrum. I don’t do drugs but I have watched it destroy lives and have lived through the crazy-making days and what I do know is that these are some clues of drug use:
- Denial – They become defensive. “I can stop at any time I want”, “it’s really not that bad because I haven’t ruined my life because I still have a job and a house to live in”
- Withdrawal – issues or changes with sleep behavior, digestion problems, changes in mood or normal behavior.
Secrecy- They hide what they are doing because they don’t want to admit that they are doing anything bad. They lie to cover up what they are doing so they can continue using. They don’t want their work to see them as “that guy” or anyone to know who they really are.
Obsessiveness – They will focus on one thing and not let that go.
Do not try to argue with a drug addict. Do not try and reason with them. You will only exhaust yourself and make no change whatsoever. Find yourself a Nar-Anon meeting to go to in your area: http://www.nar-anon.org/find-a-meeting
Focus on yourself! If you are in a relationship with a drug addict then chances are you are Co-Dependent (like me) and a Care-Taker (like me).
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