Why People Choose Drugs over Family

Why People Choose Drugs over FamilyAddiction is a powerful physical and psychological disease that completely transforms the thoughts and actions of a person. It rewires neural pathways in the brain are chemically, causing California residents to act in ways they never thought they would and to avoid the people who most want to help them. For bystanders this phenomenon is particularly painful. Seeing someone choose drugs over parents, spouses or siblings can be mystifying and heart-breaking.

How Psychological Addiction Works

Drugs and alcohol impact the “reward” or “pleasure” center of the brain. This area is responsible for the following psychological functions:

  • Emotional response
  • Impulse control
  • Fear response
  • Behavior reinforcement (forming habits)
  • Anxiety management

These psychological and behavioral processes are managed through a complicated and fragile system of chemical signals and responses. Drugs super-stimulate this part of the brain bringing intense pleasure and short-lived relief of any distress or anxiety. The brain then craves this relief in a way that is much stronger than conscious thought or will. Drug use becomes a habit that is demanded by the brain, not chosen by the California drug addict. Once this type of addiction is established the addict will be unable to stop using until and unless he receives comprehensive rehab.

How California Families Can Overcome Addiction

While it may seem that your addicted family member is choosing drugs over family, the fact is that he actually has little choice in the matter. He is bound by the chemical patterns in his brain and needs great help breaking free. Unfortunately, the disease prevents addicts from realizing they have a life-threatening problem. They often must hit a bottom point, or be forced to realize the gravity of the situation. Families can factor into this process in the following ways:

  • Establishing healthy boundaries and reinforcing them with “tough love”
  • Clearly communicating concern and support
  • Refusing to enable the disease through their own codependent behavior
  • Constantly reminding the addict that they believe in her and are there for her when she is ready to get clean
  • Learning about addiction and recovery to provide the best possible support and guidance
  • Changing their own lifestyles to encourage recovery
  • Organizing formal interventions if all other attempts to get through to the addict fail

This process can take months, or even years, to accomplish. Addicts can’t truly be helped until they are aware of their need for help and are willing to participate in their own recovery.

Addiction Resources for California Families

If you have an addicted California family member please call our toll-free, 24 hour helpline any time. Our counselors can offer the following services:

  • Answers to your questions about addiction and recovery
  • Help planning an intervention
  • Access to the best recovery resources and rehab programs
  • Insurance coverage confirmation
  • Family and codependency counseling information

Get involved in your family member’s recovery. Call today for instant support.

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