If you’ve been abusing drugs for a long time, you’re likely already experiencing the emotional roller coaster ride that is addiction. The constant struggle with withdrawal effects and drug cravings can quickly diminish a person’s quality of life over time.
While difficult, facing the cold, hard truths about addiction’s effects on your health, your mind and your relationships can go a long way towards taking that first step towards living a healthy, happy life.
The effects of addictive drugs on the mind make it increasingly difficult to see addiction for what it is. According to Princeton University, addiction exerts a stronghold over the body and the mind, leaving addicts helpless to take back control of their lives from the drug’s effects.
In effect, not being able to acknowledge the effects of addiction in your life makes it all the more difficult to make a change for the better.
Facing Cold Hard Truths
You have to keep taking larger and larger drug doses.
The brain quickly develops a tolerance to addictive drugs, driving a person to keep increasing drug dosage amounts in order to experience a “high.” Over time, the “high” experience is harder and harder to come by, no matter how much you take.
Based on past experience, you can expect this cycle to continue on indefinitely in the absence of needed treatment help.
The withdrawal effects are unbearable and keep getting worse.
As the brain comes to tolerate larger drug doses, it also loses its ability to regulate the body’s systems. Withdrawal effects develop out of these conditions.
After so many months or years of drug abuse, you reach a point where you’re using to gain relief from withdrawal, which is getting worse and worse, with little to no hope of ever really getting “high” like you did during the early days of drug use.
You can’t stop thinking about the next “fix.”
Once a full-blown addiction takes hold, the mind becomes just as dependent on the drug’s effects as the body, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. At this point, you start to experience a whole new level of misery that takes over your thinking and emotions.
Much like the physical discomfort that comes with addiction, these conditions will only grow worse with time until you get the help you need.
Your life is falling apart.
As drugs take on increasing importance in your life, other vital life areas start to suffer. Broken relationships, employment woes, money problems all take shape as addiction slowly, but surely destroys all the things that you hold dear.
The mental box that addiction creates makes it impossible to overcome it on your own. At this point, the sense of desperation and confusion you’re feeling now reflects the inner battle between what you know is right and the drug’s incessant hold over your emotions and will.