Helping children to understand addiction and withdrawal will enable them to see that addiction and withdrawal are essentially two sides of the same coin, and help them say no to drugs.
People addicted to drugs will tend to use more, and suffer withdrawal symptoms when the dose of the drug is reduced. If you are suffering from withdrawal, then it means that you are addicted.
People talk about physical and psychological addiction to drugs as if they were different things. If we have a psychological addiction to drugs, then it will cause us emotional pain to withdraw. If we have a physical addiction to drugs, then pain will be felt in various parts of the body when we try to stop using. We experience emotional pain through painful feelings in the body.
When the body is in pain from drug withdrawal, it will be a combination of physical and emotional pain that we feel, not always easy to separate the two. Drug use and withdrawal affect all the systems of the body and mind. People who are addicted might begin to hate using the drug, but at the same time they fear and can’t bear the pain of withdrawal – so they make a choice to use more of the drug, even though they no longer get enjoyment or pleasure from it. True addiction recovery is a healthy balance between body and mind.
To get freedom from drug use, the only option is to stop. People cannot get healthy again until all drugs are out of their body. Substitute drugs might ease your pain if you seek that kind of drug addict help, but similar addiction and withdrawal problems will occur with any substitute drug. Drugs are toxic to the body. The only way back to health is to remove all drugs from your body, and allow it to fully recover.
People become addicted if they keep using toxic drugs because it gives them pleasure. There are always better and healthier alternatives to drug use – but drug use is tempting and easy if you have pain or emotional problems. Drug use is like putting a bandage on a wound – it offers some protection but doesn’t bring about healing.
If you have physical or emotional pain, there is always a reason for it, and that is what needs to be healed. Using more drugs only leads to addiction, and more painful withdrawal, the more you choose to use drugs.
Some people think that you have no choice about getting addicted to drugs. Everyone has the choice at first to simply say no to drugs. If you start on the slippery slope towards drug addiction, one day you will have to face withdrawal – or use drugs for the rest of your life.
Withdrawal symptoms can be agony, but are very rarely fatal. Avoidance of pain by using other drugs is really no help at all. With natural methods to help you through, the experience of withdrawal will be beneficial. Withdrawal symptoms only mean that the body is trying to heal from toxic drug effects. With the right kind of natural, drug free detox you will come out of treatment feeling better than ever before.
When you combine your drug detox with a life enhancement program you will be well on the way to a happier life – with the cycle of addiction and withdrawal completely a thing of the past.