Substance abuse and addiction can have a negative impact on your life. For this reason, it’s important to be aware of it and what may happen to someone that is dealing with it at the moment. If this is you or someone else, this is a guide you want to read.
We will go over the basics of addiction and what kind of effects it can have on your life personally and socially. If you need help, Infinite Recovery can be able to help. You can get more detail on treatment through their website.
Once you read through this guide, you’ll be able to take the necessary actions. This is even if you are dealing with addiction (or know someone else that is). Let’s dive right in and talk more.
How does addiction start?
Addiction can start in a few ways. Most of the time, you may be pressured to try a drug as a way to fit in with friends. Another way would be doing it of your own volition.
You may try the drug just one time. But that once can lead to many times. It can be due to the fact that you got high off of a drug and can’t get enough of the euphoria or sensations that go along with it. So you crave more of it over time.
It can get to a point where you may build up a tolerance. From there, you may end up taking more of the drug. Your brain will be wired to where it will depend on the drug over time and crave as much as it can.
How fast can an addiction happen?
There is no specific timeline as to when addiction can form. It can depend on several factors. This may be the type of drug you’re using, the environment you’re in, and how often it’s being ingested.
One person can develop an addiction faster than another person. It may be easier to get addicted to a drug quickly. However, the recovery will be the hardest part.
That’s why the sooner you get the help you need, the better. Even if you are in what appears to be the early stages of addiction. Granted, you may already be farther along by the time you read this.
Regardless, the decision to get the help you need can save your life. You may have your reservations and objections. But life may not get any better if you continue going down the same destructive path.
How does it affect you socially and personally?
Drug addiction can have adverse effects in terms of your social and personal life. We will provide you with examples of what can happen if you allow your drug addiction to continue. It’s important that you be aware of this as you may be on the receiving end of this due to someone else’s addiction.
Here’s what you might expect:
Withdrawing yourself from friends
There may be times when you have the opportunity to hang out with friends. However, you choose not to do this. Instead, you decide to feed your addiction.
So you withdraw yourself because you are more interested in drugs than your friends. This can repeatedly occur to the point where they might wonder if your friendship with them is worth it. However, you could gain new ‘friends’ in the form of fellow addicts.
You may start lying more
Your addiction may lead you to become more dishonest. This means you may be making excuses about why you don’t want to hang out with your friends. You may even lie about stealing something as a way to continue feeding your addiction.
When this happens, you start to lose trust in the people that matter to you. Socially and personally, this can be a trait that will not only hurt others but yourself as well.
Your company may be unwelcoming
If you are normal, people will be happy to have you around. If you are high, then this will be the opposite. People will not think too positively about your erratic behavior while under the influence of your drug of choice.
The only exception is that you are hanging out with those who are high on the same drug. Other than that, your company may be unwelcoming if you are high.
It can damage even romantic relationships
Drug addiction can get in the way of your romantic relationships. Your boyfriend, girlfriend, or spouse will not appreciate that you chose drugs over one of the most important people of your life. The behavior you may exhibit can lead to conflict that can lead to violence.
Drugs can also affect sexual performance as well. For example, it can limit your sex drive and even alter your state of mind. You may also be intoxicated and engaging in risky sexual activity that may not be with your partner.
It can hurt families as well
You may be a parent and your addiction can hurt your children. This can lead to frequent instances of abuse and neglect. The sad part is that families have been torn apart due to addiction.
Many children have been taken away from their homes and put into foster care due to a parent’s addiction. They may have continued their addiction or had died from an overdose. If this isn’t an alarming image that is stuck in your head, what is?
If you or someone you know is dealing with addiction, you have to understand how it starts. You should also be aware of what could happen if it ends up affecting your personal and social relationships. It will do a lot more harm than good.
Addiction can be beaten. All it takes is the right kind of help to get you there. Infinite Recovery will be there to help you complete a treatment plan so you can live an addiction-free life.
Contact us now and we will put you on the right path to recovery.