How drug abuse and addiction can develop.
Gateway To Treatment Treatment Specialists know that people who experiment with drugs or alcohol continue to use them because the substance or action either makes them feel good, or stops them from feeling bad.
We understand that there is a fine line between occasional use and addiction and abuse. Few people who are addicted can recognize when that line has been crossed.
Our trained counselors know that the frequency or the amount of drug of choice, alcohol, chemicals and drugs, gambling, or food consumed does not always indicate drug abuse or addiction, but they can often be indicators of drug-related problems.
What Gateway To Treatment Understands about Addiction:
▪ Addiction can sometimes sneak up on you.
Having drinks with co-workers after work, smoking a joint with friends over the weekend, taking ecstasy at a concert, or cocaine at an occasional party, can mean nothing. Occasional use can develop into every few days, to every day. Gradually, getting and using the drug becomes more and more important to you than many other areas of your life.
▪ The addiction helps fix another problem (co-occuring disorders).
Sometimes when you want to feel more confident socially you will take something to boost you up. Sometimes when you feel anxious or stressed, you may take certain prescription drugs to calm you down. Maybe you started taking medication from your doctor to relieve chronic pain. Until you find a different way to overcome your problems, your drug use will probably continue.
▪ You use drugs to fill a void in your life.
You are more at risk of crossing the line from casual use to drug abuse and addiction. To have a healthy life, you need to have positive experiences. If your only positive experience in your day or week is alcohol and/or drugs you are at more of a risk crossing over the line from casual user to abuse and addiction.
▪ Voluntary Choice to use drugs, alcohol, sex or gambling, can turn into physical need.
As you continue to use your drug of choice, you may miss or frequently be late for work or school. You may neglect your job, family, friends and yourself.