CYCLE OF ADDICTION
What is Addiction?
The addicted brain is chemically and physiologically different from a normal brain. Addiction is obsessive thinking and a compulsive need for alcohol, drugs, food, sex etc., despite negative consequences. Addiction includes development of tolerance withdrawal symptoms, physical cravings and obsession.
How Addiction Starts?
Promising to stop
"I'm never doing thsi again"
Fantasizing about drugs and alcohol
"I just need a little to feel better."
Obsessing about drugs and alcohol
"I need them now!"
Frustration that leads to anxiety
"What will I do?"
Using drugs or alcohol
Shame, guild and remorse.
"Can't belive I did it again."
BREAKING THE CYCLE
Breaking the cycle of addiction means changing behaviors, which happens in stages:
Not ready to change.
Thinking about changing.
Mentally and physically preparing to stop.
Stops using, may seek treatment.
Creates new Lifestyle in recovery.
Can happen during action or maintenance starting the cycle again.
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