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Cycle of Addiction

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?

Misuse

Abuse

Addiction



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:



Precontemplation

Not ready to change.



Contemplation

Thinking about changing.



Preparation

Mentally and physically preparing to stop.



Action

Stops using, may seek treatment.



Maintenance

Creates new Lifestyle in recovery.



Possible Relapse

Can happen during action or maintenance starting the cycle again.

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Cycle of Addiction

shared by Jason-Steeles on May 12, 2013 in Health

Cycle of Addiction

shared by Jason-Steeles on May 12, 2013 in Health

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When it comes to addiction and relapse, there’s more to it than meets the eye. Lack of willpower is not the problem. Many things trigger a person to use over and over again despite the consequences....
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