Addiction is a condition in which a person develops bio-psycho-social dependence on any mood-altering substance. An addiction causes a person to use a drug for short-term gratification. But there is a price to be paid. The addiction creates long-term pain and discomfort. An addiction is accompanied by obsession, compulsion, and loss of control. When not using, the person who suffers an addiction thinks about, plans, and looks forward to using again. This is the obsession. Using interferes with living, but there is a compulsion or overwhelming urge to use again in spite of long-term painful consequences. The addicted person uses the drug to relieve the pain created by using the drug. Thus continued use of the chemical leads to continued use of the chemical. This is addiction.
When addiction steals its way into our families, we cannot ignore it without paying long-term consequences. We are called to action in spite of our reluctance. Decisions reveal our character, and they change us. Choosing a certain course of action can alter the direction of our life. How we choose to act determines if we will be a better person or a lesser person.
Addiction lives in shadows, secrets, and silence. It whispers to the family, don’t say anything, don’t do anything, don’t ask for help. But when we decide to talk about addiction, we open windows and let in the light. Doors swing open to new ideas. Good decision are made.
Drug Abuse/Dependence Focusing in the Use of Cocaine
Addendum to Addiction from Alan Felice
It was once thought that cocaine was not addictive. Not true. It is highly addictive. One may begin by occasionally partying. You feel eight feet tall and everything about you is bigger and better. You progress from a half gram to a gram to an eight ball. What once lasted several days now only lasts one day. Your tolerance is growing. The cost to your health and finances is also growing. There is less sleep and greater dependency on blow (cocaine) for your energy. It becomes your support system, your friend. Not so. Definitely not so. First $50. Not much to spend. Then $100. Then $200. Then more than you ever imagined spending on anything. It can become the center of your life.
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