Classic Signs of Addiction
One of the classic signs of addiction is continued use of a substance despite the consequences it brings. Many people refuse to believe that anything bad is going to happen to them. Although others around them might be at risk for overdose and may be experiencing health concerns, the belief that they are immune to such problems might continue to exist.
In fact, this could very well be an extension of their denial. This article will discuss the dangers of ignoring the very real consequences of continued drug use.
Uncomfortable Circumstances That Can Take Place Because of Substance Abuse
- Loss of employment
- Spending more and more money on substances
- Inability to pay rent and other bills, resulting in homelessness
- Loss of friends, family, and other forms of support
- Unhealthy relationships
- Physical and psychological sickness
Yet, despite these significant problems, a person who abuses alcohol or drugs might continue to justify their behavior. Instead, a person might continue to convince themselves and others that they need to drink or use drugs because their mother died, to cope with life, or because they’ve had such an awful life.
Whatever the excuse, they continue to believe in the need to use drugs or drink. Meanwhile, denying that their substance abuse is problematic keeps them disconnected from the consequences that might ensue. In time, this continued disconnection from the dangers that might result with substance abuse might even lead to the loss of one’s life.
In fact, it’s common for a person in denial about their substance abuse to believe that it’s helping them instead of hurting them. A person who has a dependency upon a substance might have one or more of the following reasons to continue to use.
Reasons to Use
- It helps them relax.
- Drugs and alcohol take away feeling bored and unsatisfied with life.
- It helps them feel more at ease socially.
- It takes away the emotional or physical pain.
- It helps them manage the symptoms they might experience.
- It’s an escape from reality.
If a person is highly dependent upon the reason for their use of drugs and alcohol, then they are more likely to continue to use drugs or drink. For instance, if a person is struggling with symptoms of depression and using drugs helps to make them feel more alive, then there is greater risk for addiction.
In fact, many people are not aware of the fact that they are struggling with a psychological illness. Instead, they only know the symptoms they experience, which may feel uncomfortable. Once they discover that drugs and alcohol can help take away those psychological discomforts, they are likely to turn to substances again and again.
And in turn, if there is satisfaction and comfort that comes with continued use, then a person might slowly get disconnected from the possibility of significant consequences. And this can become lethal.
If you or someone you know is abusing drugs and alcohol on a regular basis, contact a mental health provider before the consequences become deadly.
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