Contrary to popular belief perpetuated by addiction myths, addiction doesn’t happen overnight.
Addiction is a disease and there are people who are more prone to developing this than others. Still, everyone who develop the addiction goes through these 4 stages.
4 Stages of Addiction
Stage 1: Experimentation.
There are people who taste drugs or alcohol only because they are curious. They go to this stage, but there are those who don’t go further than this. The experimentation stage can come at a younger time, while there are those who try it out when they’re older and still get hooked, going through the other stages.
Experimentation can be due to curiosity. There are also those who try it because they’re upset or in pain and what a means of escape. Either way, in this stage, the drug use is a choice of the person and they are still in control.
Stage 2: Regular or Social Use.
At this stage, drug use or drinking alcohol has become a regular part of their routine. This is because they turn to these substances when they’re upset, in pain, angry, or even when they need to unwind or reward themselves. Regardless of the motivation, an established pattern has been developed, which can lead to addiction down the road. Still, they have control over their use and can stop whenever they want to.
Stage 3: Problematic Use
At this stage, the drug or alcohol use has slowly created problems. They could have drug or alcohol-related accidents, relationship problems, employment issues, or financial woes. These things are attributed to their drug abuse because they seem to put their habit over other more important things in their life. It’s also at this stage that their control over their substance use has become lesser.
Stage 4: Dependency and Addiction
At this stage, things have taken a turn for the worse, when they can’t control their use and have a hard time stopping. If they try to cut back or go cold turkey, they may even experience physical and psychological withdrawal symptoms. This withdrawal can also make it hard for them to stop because they are scared of feeling the symptoms again.
They may also increase their dose, making their drug use or drinking more often and in larger amounts just so they achieve the high or the effects that they want.
People who have progressed to this stage of addiction would need help through detoxification and a reliable addiction rehab program, which Bridges of Hope can provide.
To find out how you can cut it and break the cycle of addiction, contact us: 09175098826.