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New Discoveries and Insights Behind Drug Addiction

Updated on June 8, 2017

Anything that comforts and creates a dopamine rush can become our addiction. When individuals do not feel good about themselves, they search for and become addicted to something that gives them brief “feel good” sensations. This does not relate only to drugs, but alcohol, gambling, movies, internet, food, shopping, pornography etc.

Many people do not comprehend why or how other people become addicted to drugs, even when they have gone to rehab a number of times. Some people assumed that drug addicts either lack ethical values or willpower to stop using drugs and should just simply choose to change their behavior. That is one part of the reason, but many do not understand what is the root cause behind the addiction.

Drug addiction hurts loved ones, the person's health, body, brain, their children, their family and unborn children. Addictions do not occur just because a person has taken a drug, illegal, prescription, or over the counter drugs. They have taken the drug as a result of a presenting problem that they feel incapable of coping or dealing with such as:

  • A broken heart as a result of relationship
  • Horrible childhood, abuse, dysfunctional home
  • Lack of Parental Love and words of affirmation
  • Negative words about your value or worth from a parent, relative, etc- You are a loser, and will amount to nothing. You are worthless and a mistake.
  • Disappointments in your life and friendships
  • Divorce
  • Financial debt
  • Loss of a loved one,
  • Multiple problems all at consuming their life and emotions, stress,
  • Boredom
  • Depression
  • No purpose and meaning for living
  • to fit in- coolest thing to do at the moment
  • struggles with identity - Who am I?
  • gain acceptance and love from peers, etc.
  • To experiment
  • Not having anyone you can talk to about your struggles, without judgment and condemnation.
  • To rebel against their moral upbringing

These are just a few things that can drive a person to addictions.

If a person's father, mother, grandparents were using drugs as a teen or young adult, chances are, their addictions are being passed down generationally, if drastic lifestyle changes are not made to prevent going into that addiction.

It is the individual's choice whether to follow in his father's or mother's sins or determine a new and different path for his/her life.

The book 'Insights into Addictions' offers more detailed information regarding this topic, highlights the roots causes behind addictions and new alternative measures to be free.

Psychological Effects of Drug addiction

According to the Healthy Place website, the psychological effects of drug addiction include:

  • Wild mood swings, depression, anxiety, paranoia, violence
  • Decrease in pleasure in everyday life
  • Complication of mental illness
  • Hallucinations
  • Confusion
  • Psychological tolerance to the drug's effects creating a desire to do ever-increasing amounts of the drug
  • Desire to engage in risky behavior

Health Effects of Drugs:

  • Lung Disease
  • Stroke (brain injury from a blood clot)
  • Cancer
  • Hepatitis (a liver disease)
  • Heart disease

How Addicts Feel

Addicts feel as if they are trapped and have no sense of control. They feel miserable, yet devoted to something that can ultimately lead them down a dangerous path. In fact, they also have a desperate thirst and hunger for something, but they do not know what it is. This leads them with the inability to let go of the drug (s) and hanging on to their addictive behavior even though it produces very few pleasures and a great deal of harrmful effects. This bondage has left them enslaved, stuck, out of control and without hope for freedom or escape.

In the book, Addictions: A Banquet in the Grave, the author described the addict in this way:

For the addict dope is God. It is the supreme being, the Higher Power in the junkie’s life. He is subjugated to its will. He follows its commandments. The drug is the definition of happiness and gives the meaning of love. Each shot of junk in his veins is a shot of divine love and it makes the addict feel resplendent with the grace of God.

This is absolutely true. The love of that drug of choice, whether it is sugar, heroin, marijuana, cocaine, prescription pills, over the counter drugs, becomes stronger than a healthy love for themselves, love for a better life, love for their families, love for their health, body, brain and love for others and for Father God. The need to be loved is built within us from creation. The ability to give and receive love is part of our creation. But because of the breakdown in our families, we have not loved ourselves or each other.

When individuals did not receive the unconditional love from father/mother or was abused as a child. This puts them in a place where they are in a search to fill the empty gaps in their hearts as a result of the loss. So in turn they turn to drugs.

We cannot simply say to a person, Stop doing drugs, get control of yourself and your life. This is a true statement, and we do desire that he/she be addiction free, but just saying that to an individual is not enough. I believe deep down in their gut, they know they should, but have not fully understand how this addiction and the slavery is destroying their life, relationships, their personality, worth and value etc. There is a blindness over them.They lost all sense of loving themselves.

WHAT A PERSON WITH ADDICTIONS DOES NOT NEED- They do not need a spirit of accusation working through someone else to "beat them up emotionally", condemn them , accuse them of their addictions and eventually separate them from others, cause them to hate themselves and destroy any hope of freedom.

On the other hand, that same truth can be used in the spirit of unconditional love. If someone is struggling with an addiction, truth coupled with love and wisdom can make a vast difference. With wisdom, we will begin to understand how to love the person with an addiction where they are at in their journey in life. Also, we will come alongside them to help them become an overcomer. We will offer them hope even when it may seem hopeless for them.

WHAT DO THEY NEED- They are in need of the power of God, the power of God’s love, the message of Christ crucified and risen and the unconditional love of other Christians.

Reasons that People Cannot Be Free from Addictions

They are in denial and will not face that their problems are highly addictive.

They do not want to lose their friends who also are do drugs, be rejected by their peers, fear of being alone, or establish new friends

They have not visualize what life is without drugs and fearful of taking the risk.

They have not come across people who believe in them, won't give up on them to help them in their journey

They do not want help.

Solution to Overcoming Addiction

A person must choose their freedom or what they want to be enslaved to. God has given us the ability to choose so we must understand how to defeat the main things behind the drug addiction. A person has to understand that it involves recognizing, taking responsibility, doing whatever it takes to turn their life around and also taking a stand against every feeling and need for any type of drug addiction no matter how much their body is pitching a fit. It takes 28 days and a change in a person's heart to see results. You can get rid of the bad habits by making new good habits. Make a wise choice today!!!

A Story of Being Free of Drugs and Having Purpose for Living

Michael's Story of Freedom From Drugs


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    • Janellegems profile imageAUTHOR


      2 years ago from United States

      Dianna, I also give in to those urges for coffee and chocolate sometimes. Thank you so much for your comment and sharing this with your friends. I greatly appreciate it.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      2 years ago

      I've never had an addiction, except for coffee and chocolate, so your post is very educational for me. I am forwarding this on to friends who are dealing with this issue. God bless you.

    • Janellegems profile imageAUTHOR


      2 years ago from United States

      I agree Devika. Thank you for your insights and feedback.

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      Devika Primić 

      2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Informative and should have more comments. Sometimes people neglect to pay attention to such information.

    • Janellegems profile imageAUTHOR


      2 years ago from United States

      Absolutely MsDora. It does take the power of love through humans to reach them. Thank you for stopping by and for your feedback. Always appreciate your comment.

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      Dora Weithers 

      2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks for a great presentation. "They [addicts] are in need of the power of God, the power of God’s love." This is true; still, I wonder if they will experience this without human hands and hearts extended to them. As you mentioned, we are too quick to accuse them; we may be able to reach them with intentional love, compassion and second chances many times over. I like the alphabet.


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