Some Things You May Not Know About Substance Abuse, Part 12: It works best to change many things at once, rather than one thing at a time

It works best to change many things at once, rather than one thing at a time Anyone attempting to break a habit can learn a lot from marketers. They’re the experts at getting you to change. They love it when you are at a transitional period of your life. Advertisers love to target pregnant women.Continue reading “Some Things You May Not Know About Substance Abuse, Part 12: It works best to change many things at once, rather than one thing at a time”

Some Things You May Not Know About Substance Abuse, Part 10: Staying clean is not enough. We must also develop a personally meaningful life

Staying clean is not enough. We must also develop a personally meaningful life When you are thoroughly caught up in addiction, your priorities are clear; the drug comes first. Everything is done or not done in service of the drug. It’s the first thing you think about in the morning, the last thing you thinkContinue reading “Some Things You May Not Know About Substance Abuse, Part 10: Staying clean is not enough. We must also develop a personally meaningful life”

Some Things You May Not Know About Substance Abuse, Part 9: It’s all like a walk in the woods

It’s all like a walk in the woods To understand the brain and how it works in addiction and recovery, remember the last time you took a walk in the woods. You probably walked on a path. It’s easier that way. Others have gone before and cleared a way for you. It takes you somewhere.Continue reading “Some Things You May Not Know About Substance Abuse, Part 9: It’s all like a walk in the woods”

Some Things You May Not Know About Substance Abuse, Part 7: In the beginning of recovery, it doesn’t matter if you are self motivated. It just matters that you have motivation

In the beginning of recovery, it doesn’t matter if you are self motivated. It just matters that you have motivation Most people believe that internal or self motivation is the best kind of motivation and that people who are motivated for recovery to please others, whether they be the court, a spouse, a boss, orContinue reading “Some Things You May Not Know About Substance Abuse, Part 7: In the beginning of recovery, it doesn’t matter if you are self motivated. It just matters that you have motivation”

Some Things You May Not Know About Substance Abuse, Part 6: Drugs turn a person into an addict, then the addict turns everything else into a drug

Drugs turn a person into an addict, then the addict turns everything else into a drug If you are addicted, even if you stop using the substance that changed you, you will look for other things (other substances, sex, shopping, relationships, rage, work, gambling, exercising, making deals, etc) to gratify you in the same way.Continue reading “Some Things You May Not Know About Substance Abuse, Part 6: Drugs turn a person into an addict, then the addict turns everything else into a drug”

Some Things You May Not Know About Substance Abuse, Part 5: Addiction Takes Hostages

Addiction Takes Hostages The further people go into addiction, the more their lives center around it. They discard all forms of recreation in favor of activities that include substance use. All of their friends become using friends. Non-using friends drift away and the addict is drawn to those who don’t judge because they, themselves, areContinue reading “Some Things You May Not Know About Substance Abuse, Part 5: Addiction Takes Hostages”

Some Things You may Not Know About Substance Abuse, Part IV: The Six Forms of Denial

There are six ways to engage in denial. Denial of fact It never happened. “I didn’t eat the cookies, Momma.” Denial of responsibility It was someone else’s fault. “Jimmy made me eat the cookies,” or, “You shouldn’t have put the cookies where I could reach them.” Denial of impact No harm was done. “I ateContinue reading “Some Things You may Not Know About Substance Abuse, Part IV: The Six Forms of Denial”

Some Things You May Not Know About Substance Abuse, Part III

There are as many problems caused by withdrawal as caused by use If we are familiar with a drug at all, we know, or, at least have been told, what the initial effect is like. Tobacco will make you calm, marijuana will make you mellow, heroin will give you a warm and cozy feeling all over,Continue reading “Some Things You May Not Know About Substance Abuse, Part III”

Some Things You May Not Know About Substance Abuse, Part II

Soft Drugs are More Addicting than Hard Drugs Most people divide substances into two categories: the hard drugs like heroin, cocaine, and crystal meth, and the soft drugs like alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, and prescribed narcotics. Hard drugs are all illegal in the US, they are sold exclusively by underworld organizations, they are associated with theContinue reading “Some Things You May Not Know About Substance Abuse, Part II”

Some Things You May Not Know About Substance Abuse, Part I

It’s not how much you use, it’s what happens when you use. Grandma doesn’t drink much. She only has a glass of champagne every New Year’s Eve, as a matter of fact. But, boy, oh, boy, you should see what happens then. Last New Year’s she danced on the kitchen table, fell, and broke herContinue reading “Some Things You May Not Know About Substance Abuse, Part I”