Breaking the Chains of Addiction: Why is it so Hard to Quit?

More than a matter of willpower, drug addiction changes the patient's brain, creating compulsions to consume. Over time, these changes can make it impossible to resist the urge to use drugs. In addition, the brain's reward system can be compromised by drug abuse and addiction. Because addiction causes changes in the brain, you may experience symptoms such as impulsivity and cravings. These symptoms can make it harder to quit smoking, but choosing effective treatment options can improve your ability to succeed.

It's never easy to let go of a chemical substance your body has come to depend on. Once you make the decision to stop drugs, you may want to ask for help, as overcoming addiction alone can be very difficult. As soon as you stop taking this chemical, your body will react by expelling all the remaining traces of the toxins and chemicals it contains. This is known as detoxification and can be a complicated process. It is during this time that many addicts will return to substance abuse in an attempt to alleviate the withdrawal symptoms they are experiencing.

At Recovery Care Partners, we are well aware of the problems addicts face when faced with the struggle to overcome addiction. The biggest problem for an addict or alcoholic is the fear of losing their best friend, the fear of losing their comfort blanket. Many people in the grip of addiction will lie, manipulate, and do anything to maintain their addiction. They will go through stages of denial and rationalization. Many of them think that they are deceiving the people around them, but the only person they are lying to is themselves.

The disease of addiction is so strong that they believe that the drug is the only thing keeping them alive, when in reality it is rapidly destroying all areas of their lives. This is one of many misperceptions about people with behavioral health problems. While it's true that the decision to use drugs or alcohol the first time is a matter of choice, physical addiction is a disease of the brain and body. Telling a person with an addiction to simply stop using alcohol is like telling a person with cancer to stop choosing cancer or a person with diabetes to stop choosing diabetes. It doesn't work that way for cancer or diabetes, and it won't work that way for addiction. If you develop a tolerance to alcohol or other drugs, you may fall into abstinence when you stop using them.

As the medicine leaves the body, the body begins to react by stopping having alcohol or other drugs in the body. Withdrawal is often physically and psychologically uncomfortable and can sometimes be painful. The truth is that quitting an addiction isn't easy; it requires dedication and commitment from both patient and care provider alike. It's important for those struggling with addiction to understand that they are not alone in their fight against substance abuse. With proper treatment and support from family and friends, recovery from addiction is possible. At Recovery Care Partners, we understand how difficult it can be for someone struggling with addiction to break free from its chains.

We provide comprehensive treatment plans tailored specifically for each individual patient's needs. Our team of experienced professionals will work closely with you every step of the way on your journey towards sobriety.