The story of addiction follows the same pattern, no matter what the characters or backdrop. It never begins voluntarily. A user doesn’t normally pop his first pill or take his first injection with the thought, “I can’t wait to get hooked on this stuff until I have no control over it.” It begins as a solution to a problem–maybe dealing with stress, or drowning out painful memories–and finally the user wakes up with the startling realization that he can’t live without it.
For many, drug addiction leads to a weakened sense of ethics and morals. It affects family life, and parents are often shocked to find their children exhibiting an unusual attitude at home. Addicts seem to lose respect for family members and friends, lash out unexpectedly, and bring upset and confusion in to an otherwise happy home.
There is a precise reason for this. Continue reading