Drug & Alcohol Addiction Therapy for Parkland, FL
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Addiction is a common and very complex condition that involves a person being chronically dependent on a particular substance or behavior (i.e., sex, gambling, food, gaming, shopping, and exercise). It is a disease in which an individual is unable to stop engaging in a behavior or using a substance on their own. Addiction may run in the family, or a person may become addicted to something with no predisposition to the disease.
The most common form of addiction is drug addiction or alcohol abuse, which is caused by either ingesting a drug or drinking alcoholic beverages so often that it interferes with one’s ability to function. Oftentimes, people turn to substance use to help them feel a certain way, in order to help them cope with significant stress, sleeplessness, anxiety, depression, or other ailments. The feelings that result from using certain substances are temporary; however, many people want to either prolong these effects or revisit them.
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Drug or alcohol addiction often leads to many other problems outside of the disease itself, such as:
- Strained relationships
- Difficulty maintaining relationships
- Struggling to maintain a job
- Physical illness
- Social isolation
- Public humiliation
- Reduced motor functions
- Problems with memory
- Being in dangerous situations
- Financial struggles
The reason that consuming drugs and/or alcohol can lead to addiction is the fact that many people try to obtain the same level of “high” or intoxicated state that they reached during their first time using. The problem with this is that it is nearly impossible to do so, as our bodies develop something called a tolerance to the substance the more often it is consumed – so, that first “high” never really feels the same, and that is why so many people keep chasing it. The repeated attempts to achieve the desired euphoric or numbing feeling is what leads a person to becoming addicted to a substance.
There may be a lot of shame that is felt by a person who is addicted to something because it is so difficult to cease the behavior. In addition, trying to stop using a substance is made even more difficult by withdrawal symptoms that usually occur after an extended period of use. If you have fallen victim to the battle of addiction, counseling is necessary to help you fight this disease.