Because opioids can be dangerous and potent, the physical impact of opioid use alone can take a toll on the body in various ways. It’s important to learn just how hazardous these drugs can become when misused, especially opiates like heroin and prescription opioids.
When we talk about addiction, most of the time, we talk about drugs, alcohol, and gambling. Whilst this is true, they are not the only things we can become addicted to.
Addiction is an incurable disease. It can be managed, but you can never truly be done with it. For nearly 15 years, I abused both drugs and alcohol. I have been in recovery for a little over a decade. I’ve been in control of my addiction for almost as long as it has controlled me. However, I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t a daily struggle to maintain that control.
Here are 7 things an addict, like I once was, wish you knew. They will be great knowledge for you and an amazing way to support anyone you know that may be going through an addiction.
Even though alcohol is the most commonly addictive substance used in the United States, there are many facts about it you may still not know or be confused about. For example, have you ever asked yourself how long does alcohol stay in your system? Did you know alcohol abuse and alcohol addiction are different things?
While most people know they’ll lose and manage to limit their playing to fun, there are plenty of people who become addicted and turn into problem gamblers.
Nine years ago I was a completely different person to the successful entrepreneur I am today. Looking at me, you’d never guess that I was trapped in the iron grip of alcoholism and basically ruining my life, destroying my career and causing pain to those I loved. It was a shock to my family when they realized they were dealing with a high functioning alcoholic.
My family used to be the most important thing in the world to me. I miss those days. Today, I can’t think of anything but my next high. I’m out of money, but I can’t let that stop me. I need this like I need air to breathe. I know they don’t trust me, so this is going to be hard. I need three seconds alone with dad’s wallet. Just ten bucks will do it for now… or more if it’s there.
Though we tend to perceive every type of drug consumption as the same, it’s important to establish some differences between drug addiction and drug abuse. Learning to distinguish them, attributing a name and a meaning to each type of consumption will help us understand and identify if you or a loved one is suffering from either drug abuse or drug addiction.
What typically started as a casual picture-taking trend of oneself now might have earned the title of ‘narcissism’ or ‘mental disorder’, at least in the eyes of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and numerous others.