Understand What Causes Drug Addiction and Alcoholism
This guide is written by Zoe Colver and may include views or opinions that are not endorsed by rehabs.asia.
Zoe suffered from severe addictions to alcohol and prescription drugs. She has been clean for 3 years after completing long-term inpatient care at a rehab center in Thailand.
What Effect Do Drugs Have on the Mind? What about Alcohol Addiction?
As we focus on the consequences and causes of drug addiction in this article, you should know that the same also applies to alcohol addiction. So drug addiction and alcoholism can be used interchangeably. Keeping this in mind, let’s discuss what happens when you are addicted to drugs.
Drugs are dangerous; they impede your ability to think clearly. They prevent you from knowing what’s happening or being aware of your surroundings. The effects of drug use are long lasting, and they can persist for years after you think you have finally shaken off the addiction.
Drugs can play with your mind and manipulate your thinking. They create this promise of reward in the mind, can make you delirious with joy, which is why you want to have more of the drug. You will crave it although you know in your heart that it can destroy your life
Substance abuse can chemically alter the mind and the normal functioning of the body. They make you less self-aware, affect your consciousness and play havoc with your ability to think clearly. When you start taking drugs, it is difficult to be totally aware of what’s going on.
You don’t relate to the sequence of events as they are happening in reality. You will make a series of unexplainable mistakes, which border on insanity. What is apparent to you will be totally different from what is apparent to other people. Your sense of reality is lost and you have little idea of what’s going on in your life.