The harsh reality of drug addiction is that most addicts fail when they attempt to quit on their own. This fact is why it's important to receive counseling, inpatient or outpatient treatment, and sponsorship in order to successfully stop using drugs.
Learning to overcome drug addiction is a battle for life, and the first step in recovery may not be realizing you have a problem but learning why you can't control your drug addiction on your own. Here are reasons why most people fail when quitting drug use on their own and why receiving professional assistance is something you need.
Drug withdrawal is one of the main reasons people continue to use in the first place even if they mentally wish to lead a better, healthier life. The physical withdrawal symptoms of drug addiction are overpowering and include the following:
- Severe nausea/vomiting
- Muscle spasms/aches
Withdrawal symptoms vary depending on the type of drug used, how it's used, and how long a person has been using it. Since many medical issues occur within the first several days of drug withdrawal, refer to a drug counselor or medical specialist for assistance in overcoming your addiction safely.
For most people, drug addiction is derived from an underlying problem, be it depression, PTSD, a mental disorder that is not diagnosed, or other issues. Drug use is a coping mechanism that makes users feel euphoric, calm, or able to handle daily tasks they mistakenly believe they cannot accomplish without chemical dependency.
Without addressing the underlying cause of your drug addiction, you will be more likely to relapse even if you do succeed in quitting on your own. A relapse occurs when a former drug user returns to their drug of choice or an alternative drug, repeating the same destructive patterns drugs cause in their life.
Relapses are dangerous because when a person's body is no longer accustomed to a drug, an overdose is more likely.
To quit using drugs successfully, you need a strong mental and physical support system outside yourself. Reaching out to a counselor, drug treatment program, or a support group can help make your quitting attempt successful.
Lack of Support
Quitting using drugs is about more than avoiding the drugs you mentally and physically crave; it's about avoiding situations, people, and things that can trigger your desire to use again. Without proper support from family and friends, you will find yourself unable to quit for long periods of time or you'll feel hopeless that recovery is within your reach.
When you're quitting drugs, place yourself in a safe and drug-free environment so you can detox, go through withdrawals, and emotionally challenge your addiction successfully. Some drugs take months to recover from and get them fully out of the body, while others take mere days.
Recovery facilities offer a safe and medically monitored environment where you can quit using drugs safely. The type of drug you use, how long you have been using it, and other factors go into how long your treatment will be and whether inpatient or outpatient treatment will work best for you.
Whether you have tried to quit using in the past or you are unsure if you can quit using drugs, the first step is to reach out for assistance. Talk to a trusted friend, family member, church leader, or a drug sponsor to help guide you in finding the assistance you need to quit your drug use.
Call Clearview Recovery Center when you are ready to take the step to a healthier, drug-free life; we are here to help you today.