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Is it possible that physical addiction leads to the development of a substance abuse problem? When talking about the misuse of drugs and alcohol, the term “addiction” doesn’t always mean the same things to the people having the discussion. In fact, there is an important distinction between a drug abuser and a person suffering from the disease of drug addiction. Do you know what it is?
The National Institute on Drug Abuse explains that that drug addiction does not happen to every drug user. Citing differences in brain chemistry, general wellness, and overall living circumstances can make it more or less likely for you to become addicted to a substance. For this reason, it is dangerous to judge someone’s behavior as being that of a drug abuser when there are no facts to back it up. But don’t let it give you a false sense of security, either.
Of course, while drug use doesn’t automatically become the equivalent of addiction, it is most certainly its prerequisite.
Once your mind has persuaded you to keep taking a substance to feel better, and your body’s makeup sufficiently changes to prove this correct, a physical addiction is the next step. If you fail to supply your body with the drug, you begin to experience symptoms of withdrawal. Depending on the drug, the period of your addiction, and the quantity of the substance you typically administer throughout the day, these symptoms can be severe or merely uncomfortable. At this point, you’ll do anything to prevent this discomfort from happening.
Your focus shifts from normal daily living to procuring the next drink or fix for your physical addiction. Those suffering from a drug addiction will manipulate, steal, lie, and do everything they feel is necessary to get the substance. At this point in your life, employment, school, family ties, and friendships no longer matter. You may choose to isolate yourself from others to devote more time to securing the drug your body needs.
Don’t let your physical addiction continue to control your life! There is another alternative. A medically supervised detox program at a local facility, followed by a targeted rehab program at Beaches Recovery, make it possible to overcome a psychological as well as a physical addiction to drugs or alcohol.
This Jacksonville FL facility treats the whole person with proven modalities that benefit dual-diagnosis clients and also those in need of intensive family therapy. Even if addiction is a trait that runs in your family, you can break the cycle and stop using the substance that currently controls your life. If you or a loved one suffers from an addiction, call Beaches Recovery at 866-605-0532 today to start the journey to wellness.