It is a story all too familiar to those of us who have been around drug abuse and addiction. It starts with a casual, recreational use of cocaine, heroin, marijuana or any number of addictive legal or illicit drugs. You’re curious. You just want to try it out. Your friends are doing it. You saw someone you look up to do it. You just want to escape. The reasons are as numerous as the drugs themselves. But the very nature of these substances means that even one casual use can lead to a debilitating drug addiction.
“It won’t happen to me”
It’s a common mantra from beginning drug users. But scientific evidence says otherwise. No drug user ever starts with the intention of developing a drug addiction. Every drug user is just trying it once, or maybe a few times. All drug users start as occasional users. The first use is a voluntary and controllable decision. But as the use continues and time passes, changes begin to occur in the chemical makeup of the brain. Depending on the drug, these changes can be dramatic after just a couple uses. The brain begins to develop dependency on the substance, to a point where the user cannot quit on their own even when they want to.
“I can do it on my own”
There is a false belief among much of the public that drug addicts should be able to quit if they were only strong-willed enough. Addiction is a disease. Drug addicts are controlled by their bodies’ dependency on the substance. This is not to say, however, that the addict is not responsible for their actions. Just as they made the initial voluntary decision to try the substance, once addicted they are responsible for doing something about it.
“I want to get better”
Most addicts know they have a problem. They recognize the negative effects the drug is having on their health and relationships. But the addiction is too great to break on their own. Their brain has developed a chemical dependency on the drug and they cannot function without it. They do have the ability, however, to make the choice to get help. A detox facility provides a safe environment for addicts to recover successfully from their drug addiction. Make a commitment to getting your life back. Contact Gallus Detox, where a team of medical professionals supervises your recovery using the proven Gallus Method.