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How Does Addiction Develop

When you try a drug for the first time, it produces exaggerated effects. Some of these might be psychological in nature; however, a majority of the effects are drug induced. As you continue to engage in the activity of taking drugs and enjoying its pleasurable effects, you begin to reach a state where the dosage does not produce the required effects. This is when you develop what is called a tolerance for the drug.

Under this phenomenon, your body grows accustomed to the drug. Now, whenever you take the dosage that you are accustomed to, your body does not experience the usual high. This of course forces you to increase your drug intake. And the vicious cycle of addiction begins because now you have to continually increase your dosage just to feel a regular high.

Now that you are physiologically dependent on the drug, the chemical balance of your body is changed. At this point, you will realize that you need the drug. This will scare you because you do not want to be dependent on it, so the instant reaction is to stop. Unfortunately, this only further aggravates your health condition because you start to suffer from what are called, withdrawal symptoms.

Tampa: The Need for Drug Rehab and Alcohol Rehab

The use of drugs and alcohol over a prolonged period of time can lead to addiction in both cases it is proven to be exceptionally harmful. The ultimate harm that this can do to a person is death. For individuals who get involved with either one, (whether for recreationally purposes or not) need to be extremely cautious not to get hooked.

There are five classifications of drug and alcohol use:

  • Abstinence: in this case people completely stay away
  • Controlled use: consumption is made in a controlled manner and people can stop whenever they want to
  • Impulsive use: unpredictable usage which can be harmful but the user is not dependent on it
  • Habitual use: the user develops a habit towards the substance and therefore the substance starts playing an important part in the users life
  • Being dependent: where the user gets hooked onto the drug or alcohol and quitting seems to be a hard thing to do without support.

From the above categories, abstinence or controlled usage is the best way to go. Being completely dependent on these substances can have a really negative effect on your body, mind and soul. Some people tend to be on the impulsive and habitual category. This can be negative if it slowly shifts to the dependent category. Habitual users are very prone to advance into a stage of dependency, anyone falls in this category should proceed with caution.

Some Are More Prone To Addiction Than Others:

Vulnerability to drugs and alcohol depends on person to person. This is because your environment, genes, family history and mental health all play a vital role in determining the impact of these substances on you.

Another factor which affects your vulnerability is how early you started using these substances. The earlier you start, the higher the chances of you being addicted. Also, the method you use to use the drug matters a lot. If you are smoking or injecting it, the chances of getting addicted to the drug increase.

Certain mental health conditions commonly contribute to substance abuse. The mental health conditions that may contribute to addiction include:

Depression and depressive disorders

Bi-polar disorder or similar mood disorders

Anxiety

Various personality disorders

Phobias, particularly fears related to socializing

Schizophrenia

Tampa dual diagnosis suggests that you or a loved one is struggling to give up an addiction because of the mental health condition. The best way for Tampa drug addiction programs to help you overcome the substance is by treating both problems at the same time.