Substance abuse occurs when a person uses a substance, which in time the body comes to rely on. When a drug, obtained either legally or illegally, is used regularly, the brain becomes used to its presence and normal functioning may occur. When the amount of the substance in the body is depleted as more of it is released from the body, the cells send a signal to the brain that more of the substance is needed. A craving for the substance has therefore developed.
Chemical addiction can be dangerous because when a person does not obtain the substance they are addicted to, they will feel ill and unable to survive without the substance. Withdrawal symptoms such as:
Will be felt. If this period of time continues, the person will get desperate about obtaining the substance. After a longer period of time without the substance, the feelings become more intense and the person may be prompted to commit violent acts such as:
Just so he or she can have the substance.
Another cause of chemical addiction is the addiction to the feeling when taking or abusing a substance. For example, those who go clubbing and use drugs may like the sensual feeling caused by the substance and the ability to dance all night and into the morning. Soon, they will crave for the sensation and will eventually get addicted to it. This kind of addiction is hard to break because the person becomes so dependent on the activity that their life will start to revolve around it. If they stop doing the thing they are addicted to, they will feel like a part of their lives is missing. If they don’t find other activities to fill these times and spaces, they will revert to using the substance.
Another reason why substances are abused is the feeling of “high” that a person gets while using the substance. It will feel so wonderful to them that they cannot imagine feeling that way. Craving and addiction to substance will eventually develop.
If you or your loved one experiences chemical addiction, remember that help is available. Drug rehab and drug rehabilitation programs abound. When withdrawal symptoms are observed, it is important that the drug user be medically supervised during these times. Different addictions have different severities of withdrawal depending on the time and usage of the substance.
Medical professionals are better suited to create a program appropriate to the severity of the withdrawal. If a person can get through the process of withdrawal and can completely free their system of the substance, they will no longer feel a need for it. Drug treatment programs also have addiction counseling and mental health professionals that assist in building good habits for those who are addicted to bad behaviors resulting from chemical abuse.