Why is it so hard to quit drugs? Is it reinforced by liking of the act or addiction? Perhaps knowing this can be a step forward.

It has always been debated for a very long time whether those who use drugs are captivated and enslaved because they like what they do or if this happens because at this stage of addiction their lives have become fully dependant on drugs and its out of their will to give up the tedious and deadly act. I think knowing this and especially focusing on specific triggers can be the start of a drug free journey. Please share your thoughts, thank you!

Regular User Asked on August 23, 2018 in Drugs.
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Getting better from an addiction can take time. Someone with an addiction can feel scared of what will happen if they don’t keep taking the drug. Some won’t try quitting until they’re forced to, because it seems too hard.

When someone stops using a drug, they might feel very sick for a while. They might feel a very strong need to take the drug again. It can be really hard to stop taking the drug when you feel that bad.

It can be hard to get off drugs, but you don’t have to do it alone. Support groups and treatment programs can help. You’ll meet people who understand what you’re going through. They can give you advice and cheer you on. And counselors can teach you how to handle life’s problems without using drugs.

Doctors can also help you find medicines that make you feel less sick. For addictions to certain drugs, there are medicines that can help you feel like you don’t need the drug as much.

After you get treatment, you still have a lot to do. You have to:

  • talk with a doctor about finding solutions for things that led to your drug use, like feeling sad or worrying about things
  • relearn how to live without using drugs
  • work on the problems your drug use caused with your friends and family, your job, and your money
  • learn what makes you want to take drugs again, so you can stay away from those things

You also need to learn your triggers. A trigger is anything that makes you want to go back to using drugs. It can remind you of taking a drug and getting high. A trigger can be:

  • a person
  • a place
  • a thing
  • a feeling
  • a picture
  • something stressful
  • a memory

People fighting addiction need to stay away from the triggers that can make them start using drugs again.

Source:  drugabuse.gov

Moderator Answered on August 23, 2018.
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Thanks so much!! I’ll look into this.

Regular User Answered on August 23, 2018.
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Quitting using drugs is very hard, like quitting any addiction. The reason is that all addictions are triggered by a chemical imbalance in the brain. All human beings have that imbalance in the brain but the difference between all of us is the kind of addiction it triggers. It can be drugs, alcohol, food, gambling, sex or else. That chemical imbalance creates a craving reminding you 24/7 what you have to have to feel good. Sadly, there is no cure to any addiction, just treatment and most of the time addicts need treatment on and off for life. Remember everyone is addicted to something, it is human nature. You are not alone. Good luck

Super User Answered on August 29, 2018.
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Thank you so much for the clarification. I guess one doesn’t have many options after they’ve already decided to indulge in feeding a specific trigger like drugs.  Is it possible that this imbalance in the brain could drive someone into an addiction before they are actually addicted (without any external pressure or will power)? What I’m trying to inquire is can someone be pushed to become an addict by nature rather than external influence? Thanks so much for your input!

Regular User Answered on August 29, 2018.
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It is both !!! By nature, all human beings are pushed to become addicts of some sorts because of external influences. What I mean is that external influences are the trigger.  For example, if you are never exposed to drugs, alcohol, food, etc through external influences, then you will never be addicted even if you have the trigger in your brain. Good luck !

Super User Answered on August 30, 2018.
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Thank you so much, this is refreshing to know. The real challenge now is how do we minimize or better yet completely avoid exposure to addictive substances especially drugs and alcohol. I’m worried about the new generation, the young ones who just wade into this field without fore knowledge of what they are to expect. I always wonder if this can only be helped by the government or if parents and the other common people have a role to play to ensure a better and guided new generation. Thanks so much for your insight sir.

Kind regards.

Regular User Answered on August 30, 2018.
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You can’t avoid exposure to addictions. The only thing we and the government can do is a lot prevention/education (about addiction), easier access to treatment (rules and regulations are a huge burden on treatment facilities) and higher quality treatment (where addicts feel welcome, loved and encouraged). Unless we find a cure to the disease of addiction, the actual epidemic is just the “tip of the iceberg” and it will grow exponentially. Scary.

Best regards,

 

Super User Answered on August 31, 2018.
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