Discovering the Effect of the Substance


Every addiction starts with that first choice to use. Perhaps you were curious about the effects of a drug, or you started drinking because your friends were into the party scene. You quickly learned that when you used the substance, there was a certain effect. You might have even thought that effect was rather pleasant at the beginning of the progression.

Wanting the Effect of the Substance


At some point, you went from simply enjoying the effect of the substance when it occurred to actually seeking out that effect. At this point, you are making a more active effort to obtain and use the substance, simply because you want the same experience to occur over and over again. At this point, you may be well on your way to a full-fledged substance use disorder.

Needing the Effect of the Substance


The desire for the effects of the substance will gradually evolve into a need for the effects. You realize you no longer feel “normal” without those effects. If you try to stop taking the substance at this point, you may experience uncomfortable physical and psychological symptoms known as withdrawal. At this stage, it is unlikely you will be able to stop using the substance without professional treatment.

Getting Professional Help


Some people that develop a substance use disorder will not seek professional treatment until they hit what is referred to as “rock bottom.” At this stage, you may have lost your job, relationships and other things that were once important to you. You have nowhere to turn besides a professional treatment facility that can help you detox from the harmful substance and then move to the path of recovery and long-term sobriety.

Addiction is a gradual process that is often likened to placing a frog in a pot of water and then bringing the water to a boil. The signs of addiction may be subtle at first, and you aren’t aware there is a problem until it become too big for you to solve on your own. Fortunately, there are professionals that can help you overcome your addiction at any stage of the progression. To learn more about the progression of addiction or treatment options available, contact Treatment Now.

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