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Personal Drug Use Stories

Every story of addiction begins with the first use experience.  Although there may be many commonalities in the path people take into a drug use lifestyle, there are always subtle nuances that makes the experience different for everyone whether they find their way out of it or die because of it.  This becomes clearly evident in the retelling of these personal drug use stories.  

There are thousands of people trapped in the cycle of addiction today who, despite their desire to be free, are unable to help themselves. A primary characteristic of addiction, according to the National Institute on Drug abuse is that despite serious consequences, people find it difficult if not impossible to stop this harmful patterns of behavior.

Through scientific research, there is now evidence that drugs cause changes in neurological functions that perpetuate this negative condition.  These changes often cause irrational behavior or long periods of denial that drug use is a problem. For these people, unless help comes in the form of a drug intervention of some sort, their condition will continue indefinitely or until they experience a fatal drug overdose.  

Then there are other’s like Griffin who ascribes “divine intervention” as the source or reason for his escape from a life spiraling out of control because of addiction.  He explains that just before his 24th birthday, he had a brief moment of mental clarity amidst an endless supply of drugs, that unless something changed he would not make it to his 25th birthday.  After calling a Methadone clinic for help, according to Griffin, he was transferred to a drug treatment center and on his way to recovery.  Read more about Griffin’s personal drug use story

Sadly, many people continue in their drug abuse lifestyle in the hope an unconventional breakthrough as Griffin’s, which unfortunately for most, does not occur in this way. As a result, drug use stories can have both happy and tragic endings.  Happy endings are those who walk away with the memory of addiction and the ability to maintain their sobriety.  Tragic endings, beyond the loss of life may include the various other experiences such as:

  • Contracting an incurable disease that alters, for the long term, the person’s health and the way they live their lives.  
  • Permanent disability
  • The development of a mental illness.  
  • Disfigurement or irreversible changes in appearance
  • Loss of children or significant portions of time with children
  • Being the cause of someone’s death through drug driving or drug induced violence
  • Loss of financial stability
  • Divorce or irreparable damage to significant relationships

Getting Help for Addiction

Whether you came to treatment through a drug intervention staged by your family, a court order or divine intervention, support makes it possible to reach the goal of sobriety.  Despite the fact that Griffin came to grips with his addiction seemingly on his own, he highlighted a key element in the recovery process when he said,“I met so many people and each one had a part to play in my recovery.”

The process of recovery very frequently requires a team of qualified professionals to provide medical oversight throughout the various stages of the rehabilitation process beginning with the detoxification or drug withdrawal procedure.  Many people also require the assistance of appropriate pharmacological intervention to help achieve stability and support abstinence. Various selected therapies and counseling programs help patients to get to the root causes of addiction, change negative patterns of behavior and acquire effective relapse prevention tools and techniques.   

Addiction, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse is a serious brain disease that can be treated. Many misconceptions about drug rehabilitation can also be allayed by contacting a treatment center. Ultimately, the outcome of most recovery experience depends to a large degree on the commitment to recovery and the quality of care received. People who seek help at the onset of addiction can significantly alter and in some instances prevent the tragedies of addiction.  

To read more about other addicts stories visit us here.

Sources:

  • https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugs-brains-behavior-science-addiction/preface

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