When you’re stuck in the cycle of addictions, recovery can seem out of reach. But no matter how powerless you feel, change is possible with the right treatment and support.
It takes courage and strength to face up to any type of addictions, whether it’s alcohol, drugs, nicotine, gambling, gaming or your smartphone. Recovery is a process, and there’s bound to be some bumps in the road. Don’t give up, even if you’ve tried and failed before.
When does drug addiction or abuse become a problem?
People start using drugs for many different reasons. Some experiment with recreational drugs out of curiosity, to have a good time, because friends are doing it, or to ease problems such as stress, anxiety, or depression. However, it’s not just illegal drugs, such as cocaine or heroin, that can lead to abuse and addictions. Prescription medications such as painkillers, sleeping pills, and tranquillisers can cause similar problems. Addictions to opioid painkillers can be so powerful it has become the significant risk factor for heroin abuse.