Many loved ones of people who suffer from addiction do not understand how or why a person would depend on drugs. For those who do not lean towards addiction, it can seem unreasonable that a person would depend on something so dangerous to them. However, many people become addicted to drugs without initially meaning to – and those that do are often changed because of it.
Drugs can make chemical changes in the brain and can induce feelings of pleasure. Most drugs interact with the neurotransmitter dopamine, which is tied to how a person feels pleasure and experiences reward. Mood regulation, memory, willpower and decision making can all be impacted by drug abuse, causing a person to think, feel, and act in ways that they wouldn’t have before the addiction began. When dopamine is affected by drugs, the body often learns to depend on chemicals from the drug to feel happy, relaxed, etc. From this, it can be physically difficult for a person to simply quit their addiction “cold turkey” because in their mind, their very happiness depends on it.
Recovery from addiction can be difficult because the brain must rewire itself from what it has previously learned through behavior with the drug. The National Institute on Drug Abuse further confirms this claim by stating that when a person becomes addicted, recovery can be challenging because the mind and body must relearn their processes without the drug. A person who is addicted may truly believe that without the drug or substance, they cannot be happy and enjoy life as it is. They may deeply feel that their addiction is the only thing that makes them feel better.
Although it can seem daunting, recovery is entirely possible. A person who can make it to treatment can very well save their own life. Recovery means another chance at developing healthy, meaningful relationships – both with oneself and others. Detoxification is a necessary component to recovery and means that the body will dispel all the harsh toxins that came from the addiction. Therapy is another component that will allow a person to work through deep-rooted issues that may have led to their addiction.
If you suffer from addiction, know that recovery is possible. There are many people ready to support you and work with you through treatment. Take that first step today and speak with New Vista Behavioral Health. With the right treatment program, an entire new life is at your fingertips. Our family of providers is held to higher standards of care, resulting in better outcomes for long term recovery. Offering both mental health and substance abuse treatment, our co-occurring disorder care is exceptional, helping you heal in mind, body, and spirit. For information, call us today: 888-316-3665