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.