The average person may have a hard time defining what addiction truly is. Hopefully we can help you understand. “Addiction means using a substance repeatedly, despite knowing and experiencing its harmful effects. The person using the substance cannot control the urge to use it and needs increasing amounts to achieve the effect he craves. On abruptly stopping use of the substance, the person can experience withdrawal effects like watering of nose and eyes, vomiting, diarrhea, sleep disturbances, aches and pains and epileptic fits.” -World Health Organization (WHO)
Short term consequences are only one of the negative aspects of addiction. Other consequences that are more lasting can include kidney or liver damage, increased likelihood of STDs, AIDS, tuberculosis, and hepatitis. Mental illness is often concurrent with addiction. Also, there are social consequences such as loss of closeness with family and friends, negative stigmas, loss of work due to addiction, and others.
Even though there are many negatives to addiction, it is difficult for the addict to stop using. There is still some mystery involved in what factors cause or create addiction or an addictive personality. Many people become addicted at a young age, making recovery even more challenging.
At Serenity Acres, we understand the causes and effects of addiction and are equipped to provide the tools for the addict to use to help overcome their addiction. If you or someone you know needs, help, please reach out to us at 1-800-203-2024.