The Deception of Drug Addiction

Many people are addicted to some kind of drug but they refuse to admit their addiction. Instead, they enable their drug addiction by denying that it exists. Veteran drug users who want to continue using will do anything to get their next fix, and I do mean anything. As a once veteran user of crack cocaine, I will tell you that the deception of drug addiction will eventually destroy your life as it did mine.

Different drugs affect different people in different ways. So if you are a drug user how will you know if you have become addicted? If you have a drug addiction, you will have intense cravings for the drug, causing you to want to use it again and again. If you attempt to stop taking the drug, you may have unpleasant physical reactions that are so overwhelming that you give in to the demand of the drug.

People who become addicted to drugs are often misunderstood. They are labeled as drug addicts by choice and this is not always the case. So would you say drug users choose to be addicts, or is their addiction the result of choosing to get high? Although they make the initial choice to get high, they do not choose to be an addict.

People do not destroy their families, careers, and loving relationships, because they consciously choose to. Those who become addicted do not desire to experience financial ruin, loss of self respect, being assaulted, or spending long and frequent periods of time incarcerated, just because it is their chosen lifestyle. To suggest that these are the reasons many people are addicted shows just how blind and ignorant we are to addiction and its root causes.

Many who counsel drug addicts make the common assumption that the drug addict is driven by the same social or philosophical goals that motivate non-users. However, the drug addict is not driven by the same goals that drive the average person within our society. The drug addict is driven by one goal and that goal is to score their next fix and nothing more.

During the time I was addicted to crack cocaine all I thought about was getting my next hit. My whole world revolved around my crack pipe and a crack rock. If I couldn’t get that next hit—which was very rare—I was a nervous wreck. As an addict, I gave my conscious control to crack and no matter how many times I tried to quit smoking crack I was unable to stop. I lost control of my life, having traded my personal, financial and social life for a little white stone.

Most drug addicts will never stop using until they have fallen so deeply into their misery that they become incomprehensibly miserable in that misery. They must hit rock bottom, which only comes when no one will help them and they are unable to help themselves. After finally becoming sick and tired of being sick and tired the addicted person must publicly admit defeat, and only then will they realize that they are powerless to end their addiction alone and overrule their pride and ask for help.

Addiction and deception goes hand in hand and one cannot exist without the other. The deception of drug addiction says to the drug user, “all is well; there is no imminent danger of becoming addicted.” Having no fear of their oncoming fate, the user then falls into the subtle trap, all the while thinking they will be able to accomplish what no other user before them could accomplish. At this point in their addiction the addict will actually believe without a doubt that they can control their drug use. Therefore, believing they are stronger than all the others, they convince themselves that they will never be addicted.

At one time I thought that I could manage my drug use too. Even though I had seen others fail miserably at managing their crack addiction, I still thought I could manage mine. It didn’t matter that I smoked more crack today than I did yesterday, I still believed that I was in control of my crack use, and I could quit whenever I wanted to quit. After twelve years of being deceived, I finally admitted that I was not in control, and that I needed help to fight one of the fiercest battles of my life.

Don't be deceived, a person who abuses a drug to the point of addiction will eventually be consumed by that drug. It will not be long before the drug will dictate the conditions of the lifestyle and the very life of the addict. Work ethics will decline as the addict simply does not show up for work either because of illness brought on by the use of the drug, or because the addict is engrossed in his or her state of euphoria induced by the drug. In addition psychological problems as a result of addiction can lead to serious physical ailments, including heart attack, stroke, and/or loss of body organs.

Those users who fall for the subtle deception of drug addiction will eventually come face to face with reality, and like all the other addicts who passed this way, they will suddenly realize that they have been misled by their own desire to get high, but not before it is too late.

Welcome to the world of drug addiction.

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rebekahELLE 6 years ago from Tampa Bay

thanks for sharing on an important topic. drug addiction has ruined so many lives. keep speaking up!


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FrankiesGirl6Yr 6 years ago from South Carolina

Well ericd. I have to say I absolutely agree with you 100% on this one.

I know with heroin, it's that chase, that want for that initial high. The one that you only experience a short number of times compared to the number of times you used. I think the first year, not even the entire year, I got high because of the amazing rush. The other 2 1/2 were to keep from being sick. Don't take the words amazing rush wrong, i have been clean for 2 years, but none of us would have had such a devastating problem if the Euphoria did give that false sense of perfectness (If that’s even a word)

Have you ever thought about writing a hub, like a time line of the events that lead you from use to sobriety?


Robert 4 years ago

Touching story.

I'd like to know more about what happened after .."After twelve years of being deceived, I finally admitted that I was not in control, and that I needed help to fight one of the fiercest battles of my life.".

God Bless.


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ericdunbar 4 years ago from FORT WORTH Author

So glad you asked Robert. After twelve years of living in a horrifying nightmare—and believe me Robert, being addicted to crack-cocaine is like not being able to awaken from a horrifying nightmare—I sought help. My first resolve was to seek the help of professional drug counselors and after attending the famed NA 12 Step Program I was smoking crack within a week of graduating.

But I wanted to be free of this drug so badly, I was willing to die in the process. I had a spiritual background, meaning, I knew a lot about the Sovereign God of the Bible, so I went to God. I didn’t go to church to find Him; I just started crying out, emptying my spirit, telling all, and confessing, and whatever you might want to call it. But when I did, the chains that held me captive to crack-cocaine were broken. That was 17 years ago Robert.

I have written a detailed account of my experience in a book that I know you will find interesting, so I don’t want to spoil it for you. The book is titled, “The Face of a Demon.” I am also in the process of forming an organization to help those who seriously want to be free of their addiction and “The Face of a Demon” will be a sort of reference book. I plan to have it all completed, program up and running in a matter of months. The book will be available on Amazon.com in a Kindle version no later than February 2013.

Thanks again for your inquiry Robert. It is uplifting to know that someone wants to know the end of my story.


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Missing Link 3 years ago from Oregon

I had a friend who was tough as nails----he drank all the time but could function, hold down a job, etc.. The same was true for his use of marijuana. He then started crack cocaine and it destroyed all he had---it was amazing to see the incredible power of this drug destroy this very tough person. It was a women he was sweet on who got him hooked. He lost his house, job, health, etc. His apartment turned into, I guess, what is termed a crack house. I went in there once and there were strangers I didn't know, a woman with a little kid, a german shepherd, etc.---these were people who NEVER would have been there prior to his crack involvement. He ended up having a crack induced stroke and heart attack and last I knew was living in a care facility.


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ericdunbar 3 years ago from FORT WORTH Author

Crack-cocaine is by far one of the worst drugs on the streets of America. The drug affects the mind of an individual to such an extent, it can make a person completely reinvent the way they view life. I often refer to crack as a jealous drug because it will not let you spend time with anyone or anything else but crack, not even yourself. Under the influence of crack a person will not even want to perform simple hygiene tasks like brushing their teeth. I am so sorry about your friend.


debby 2 years ago

my partner smoked crack and heroin while serving 4yrs in jail,he said prisoners do anything to get through a sentence.He has smoked weed since he was 11yrs old and before he came out of jail 3yrs ago he had been clean of everything including tobacco ,after he had been out of jail for a few months he started drinking heavy and staying out odd nights,this lasted over a year ,then last january 2013 i had to go in hospital,when i came home after 4 days,he started staying out more,a few months later he confessed he had been at a female dealers flat and she was letting him smoke all the smack &crack he desired because she fancied him and even wanted to take him to amsterdam for a drug fuelled holiday,he swore he hadn't done anything sexual with her& that he would never go near her flat again,i don't know if he has,i moved us out of the area,but he remains an addict and now he is hardly ever home he returns to that area and has stayed out up to 5 nights at a time,coming home for showers and food,he has run into the house claiming to need taxi fare money,and i thought he was paying it and coming back in for the night,only to find it was a ruse to get in the house to get money to leave again to get his drugs,hes gone into the yard to smoke a fag & disappeared for days,the life of the addict is so sneaky and sly he leaves me on the bus home from shopping saying hes gonna buy a weed and he will only be an hour and that's a promise,only to desert me for days,im on the brink now i cant take much more,hes living two lives and i cant trust him my mind is burnt out thinking he might be cheating with other women cos addicts don't seem to have a conciense or morals he says he doesn't think about sex ,well i can say that ,that side of our relationship has died,but i don't know who hes with when hes taking the drugs and how they make him feel and react,to me hes now a liar and a deceiver who will do anything to get the drugs


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ericdunbar 2 years ago from FORT WORTH Author

Your partner is going through the common process of what I refer to in the drug world as Courtship and Marriage and it is happening through association—through the people he is associating with and you are allowing him the freedom he needs to continue in his little charade by enabling him.

He has fallen into an intimate relationship with a drug and you can best believe that drug is crack, as it gives him away by his behavior. First he stays out odd nights and that will assuredly escalate into more until you won’t see him but once a week.

In the world of drugs nothing is free. He has to be doing something in return for the female dealer or she would not be letting him smoke all the smack and crack he wants at her expense. I am sorry to spoil your party, but there is a whole lotta sexual activity going on.

I did the exact same thing for a very long time until my wife got tired of me taking advantage of her and moved away, leaving me no choice but to get it together or become a full time addict.

He has fallen in love with the demon that I call YANLIC. When a person is no longer in control, then something, or someone else is. The first letters of the phrase spells his name You Are No Longer In Control.

The advice that I would give to you is to find your friend some professional help or simply move on because you situation will only get worst. He has two love affairs going on at the same time. One is with the drug, and the other is with the woman. Save yourself while there is still time. The power of love is amazing; if he loves you, he will follow suit. If not, you will see less and less of him.


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Bambi L'Amour 2 years ago from Brighton, UK

This was really well written and insightful for those folk (read the majority of the population) whose only knowledge of drug addiction is what society's chosen representatives tell them. I've been battling a serious drug addiction for about 7 years now and I can personally vouch for everything you've said, what we're willing to lose just to feel a little better or a bit less ill is really unbelievable. Crazy how the mind can be twisted like an arm, forcing the rest of you to go along with it else suffer excruciating pain. That's actually not a bad idea to base a lil' scribble on.. thanks ;)


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ericdunbar 2 years ago from FORT WORTH Author

Thank you for your kind comment Bambi L'Amour. Even after 7 years of fighting your addiction, you can find freedom. I fought for 12 long years and I won, so I say to you, be encouraged. You can, and you must WIN!

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