Sunday, August 3, 2014

Addiction is a Disease


Addiction tells every addict and alcoholic that it is not an illness or a disease. Addiction actually treats people with Addiction Disorders like we are there life-time love. 

The Collation Against Drug Addiction States:
"Different drugs can affect your sleep pattern. For example, stimulants cause you to stay awake much longer than normal, but when you come down from your high, you can be extremely fatigued. Depressants cause you to feel drowsy, so you might sleep more than normal when you take them. Opioids and hallucinogenic drugs also affect your sleep pattern, but the reaction you have to the drug determines whether you sleep more or less. Other common short-term side effects of drug use include memory loss, nausea and constipation.

Learn More About the Effects of Specific Substances of Abuse

Each drug affects your body in different ways. In addition, the long-term effects of drugs are different than the short-term effects.

Stimulants-like cocaine, crystal meth and amphetamines-give you an increased amount of energy. Repeated use of stimulants can cause violent behavior, panic attacks, psychosis and mood swings. People who abuse stimulants also have an increased risk of heart attack or stroke.
Opioids, like heroinVicodin,Percocet and OxyContin, depress your respiration, so people who use opioids could develop pulmonary issues, such as pneumonia. They also have a risk of developing collapsed veins, liver disease and infections in the heart and valves.
Depressants, like AtivanXanax andKlonopin, slow brain function, which often causes people to lose concentration easily and become dizzy and fatigued. Long-term effects of depressants use include sexual problems, sleep problems, breathing difficulties, chronic fatigue and depression. These drugs also increase your risk of developing high blood sugar and diabetes.
Hallucinogenics can have psychological and physical effects on your body. Users can become paranoid, have mood swings, have outbursts of violence or develop extreme depression."(http://drugabuse.com/library/drug-abuse-effects/
It is not commonly known that brain cells physically change and adapt to the chemicals and addictive substances a person ingests. Hazelden Medical Staff told me while I was a patient at Hazelden in Center City, Minnesota. 
This is in part why Drug and Alcohol Addiction is a disease and an illness that is life-long. There is no 'cure' for addiction, but strategies and methods to live a successful life in recovery from Drug and Alcohol Addict. It is critical and crucial to understand this concept before going into treatment or reading false information about cures for addiction. 
Methods that Can Help Live a Successful Life in Recovery: 1) Go to AA - Find a Home Group and Go! 2) Continue to Educate Yourself about Addiction from Reliable Sources such as Publications from Hazelden & La Hacienda 3) Identify and Stay Connected with Your Higher Power 4) Identify Relapse Triggers and a Positive Plan of Action when Those Occur 5) Celebrate Each Month of Recovery - Get Your Family / Friends Involved in This. Go out to Dinner, Have a Safe and Sober Cookout, Go Get Yourself Some Ice Cream because us addicts and alcoholics love sugar 6) Stay Active - Keep Your Mind and Body Active 
Life is about perception of your reality. It's how you perceive an addiction is a key concept. You have the ability to be happy to be healthy and sober or perceive anger/depression about sobriety. 
You Get to Choose...

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