Frequently Asked QuestionsSatelite Offices
Why do people take drugs?
The reason why people use drugs:
To fit in with a particular group/ peer pressure
To escape or relax
To relieve boredom
To fill a void in one’s life
To fulfil a valuable need
They think drugs are a solution. But eventually, the drugs become the problem. Taking drugs is not an answer. Difficult as it may be to face one’s problems, the consequences of drug use are always worse than the problem one is trying to solve with them. The real answer is to get the facts and not to take drugs in the first place.
Changes in sleep patterns (insomnia or sleeping more than usual)
Grades suffer or a lack of interest in school
Issues at work
Lack of personal hygiene
Loss of appetite
Lying or stealing
Personality changes (anger, paranoia, confusion, moodiness, etc.)
Skipping school or work
Withdrawal from normal activities
Myth 1: Overcoming addiction is a simply matter of willpower. You can stop using drugs if you really want to.
Prolonged exposure to drugs alters the brain in ways that result in powerful cravings and a compulsion to use. These brain changes make it extremely difficult to quit by sheer force of will.
Myth 2: Addiction is a disease; there’s nothing you can do about it.
Most experts agree that addiction is a brain disease, but that doesn’t mean you’re a helpless victim. The brain changes associated with addiction can be treated ad reversed through therapy, medication, exercise, and other treatments.
Myth 3: Addicts have to hit rock bottom before they can get better.
Recovery can begin at any point in the addiction process- and the earlier, the better. The longer the drug abuse continues, the stronger the addiction becomes and the harder it is to treat. Don’t wait to intervene until the addict has lost it all.
Myth 4: You can’t force someone into treatment; they have to want help.
Treatment doesn’t have to be voluntary to be successful. People who are pressured into treatment their family, employer, or the legal systems are just as likely to benefit as those who choose to enter treatment on their own. As they sober up and their thinking clears, many formerly resistant addicts decide they want to change.
Myth 5: Treatment didn’t work before, so there’s no point trying again. Recovery from drug addiction is a long process that often involves setbacks. Relapse doesn’t mean that treatment has failed or that you’re a lost cause. Rather, it’s a signal to get back on track, either by going back to treatment or adjusting the treatment approach.
Risk factors that increase a person’s vulnerability include:
- Family history of addiction
- Abuse, neglect, or other traumatic experiences in childhood
- Mental disorders such as depression and anxiety
- Early use of drugs
- Method of administration- smoking or injecting a drug may increase its addictive potential.