A common first step towards substance addiction is the legal or illegal usage of drugs for recreational purposes, and eventually the consumer becomes substance dependent. The physical and social conditions increase vulnerability to relevant issues.
Stress in life can lead to risky substance abuse such as balancing career with family, divorce, financial pressure, emotional and economic stress, loss of independent living, death of a loved one. Extreme physical and social changes make a human being vulnerable to drug-related problems. Drug addiction is not a character defect, or a sign of weakness. Prescription to strong drugs sometimes causes cravings by creating changes in the brain to use a particular drug. A strong willpower with the right support and treatment can help a person overcome the problem no matter how hopeless the situation is. It's a hard journey to recognize the addiction, decide to make the change and struggle with it, and it's normal to get nervous and uncertain about getting started.
Curiosity and naivety are adolescents' characteristics and they remain anxious to explore new things and remain unaware of the associated problems and negative consequences. Peer pressure is the biggest reason teens begin to use drugs, because they don't like being the odd one out in the group. Staying optimistic and calming by reading books, doing exercise, relieve the stress.
Adolescents should be taught necessary skills for dealing with hazardous and stressful circumstances, making crucial decisions, leading to substance abuse and resisting peers' encouragement to use addictive substances. When making decisions which are most advantageous in the long run, all options should be considered. Drug abuse is not an easy or short term solution. A training program can help teenagers to manage common feelings such as anxiety, loneliness, rejection, stress and learning life skills. Effective communication can help avoid unnecessary misunderstandings and help lead a life free of addictions.
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The first step is detoxification and involves purging the body and managing the symptoms of withdrawal. Therapy helps to recognize the root cause of addiction, to learn how to cope with it, to find new ways to treat medical addiction, and to restore relationships. Conversing with family and friends helps to identify the source of the craving. It unloads and soothes feelings. It can be useful to stay with the urges that are too strong until it passes. Not ignoring, judging, and not getting involved in a battle with craving sometimes helps riding it out. A balanced recovery and rehabilitation approach encourages and makes a person stay positive while addressing inevitable challenges.
Sometimes drug dependence inspires desperate and out of control actions that make people feel guilty and shameful, while others should avoid taking things personally and realize they deserve compassionate gesture. An addiction can actually spoil your personal life, or career if you refuse to deal with it at an appropriate time, psychotherapy can help you deal with it.
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