Codependency And Addiction; Symptoms And Treatment

Why are Drugs and Alcohol So Powerful

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Many individuals start to abuse drugs and alcohol because they are peer pressured by others, they think it will allow for new adventures in life, and as a means of self-medication. It is easy for individuals to fall into peer pressure. The heaviness of hanging around people who are using and abusing drugs and alcohol can make any individual conform to and take part in situations they never thought they would. Then we have the people who are searching for something new and exciting that don’t realize what they are getting themselves into.

When it comes to searching for a new adventure in life, drugs can seem like a great escape. People of all ages can succumb to drug and alcohol abuse because they have trouble fitting in with the crowd. However, they don’t seem to realize what can start out as fun and games can and will turn into a full-fledged addiction that you cannot seem to escape no matter how hard you fight. There are also individuals who use drugs and alcohol to escape the world to get to their own.

The people who use drugs and alcohol as a means to self-medicate tend to find themselves deep into the grips of addiction in a blink of an eye. Individuals who do this keep doing it because it makes them feel better than they have ever felt. The drugs and alcohol make them forget about their real-life problems. Eventually, they are sure they cannot live without the use of drugs and alcohol. For Brandon, he used for all these reasons.

Drugs and alcohol have a way of cutting deep into a person’s soul. The substances will change the way you feel about the world and make everything that has gone wrong feel right. However, that feeling of happiness and acceptance of the world doesn’t last forever and Brandon found that out quicker than he would have liked.

Dangers of Mixing Love and Drugs

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When abusing drugs and alcohol you are going to eventually need more. Your body is going to crave more drugs or something more than drugs to feel accepted and at peace with the world. Some people will go to a different substance. For example, a Heroin addict will start using Meth and an alcoholic will start using pills to try and get the effect they so crave.

Others, like Brandon, will get more drugs, mix them, and still crave something stronger. Your heart will be searching for something powerful and you will turn to another human that is living the same lifestyle for a different type of high- because finding someone who has a common interest is a high itself.

Once you have finally found someone to love who loves drugs and alcohol as much as you do- you feel complete. Finally, there is someone out there who puts drugs and alcohol before everything in their life that holds importance just like you. This feeling you get may feel marvelous but it is very dangerous.

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Experiencing something like this it is called codependency. When you find someone who has the same common interest as you things seem to get easier. The loneliness disperses, and agonizing pain goes away. Just like how things were when you first started using drugs. You will do everything with this person. If they are using drugs, you are using drugs. If they are clean and sober, you are clean and sober. That’s just how it works in these types of relationships.

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You will come to a point in your addiction when you are going to want to stop and the person you are using with might not want to. You will go your separate ways and you will clean yourself up. Somehow, they will always seem to come back into their life- if you let them. When you let them back into your life and they aren’t doing good you will easily fall back into your old ways and be back to where you started without any idea of how you got there.

Recovery and Relationships

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In order to remove yourself from these habits you need to make a 360-degree change on your life. Brandon ended up meeting someone at a gas station who introduced him to the 12-step program. He has had a few hiccups since then but is now going steady for almost a year. He removed the negativity from his life and is now living a life he never imagined possible.

In a 12-step program it is recommended to not get into a relationship for the first year of recovery. They say this because early recovery is a fragile time and it is easy to fall back into old patterns. Especially when you are with someone you are attracted too who isn’t working a good recovery program. Take it from Brandon, he had to learn the hard way.

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Now he is focusing on loving himself before he puts his time and effort into loving someone else. Emotions run wild when you are first getting clean and sober- don’t complicate them by getting into a relationship. Brandon’s story is compelling and can inspire the world. He has been through things most people couldn’t imagine. If he can get clean and sober you can to.

Never give up on yourself. Recovery is never easy, but it is worth it. All it takes is some time ad dedication. Get up, get to a meeting, get a higher power, and work with another addict or alcoholic is all the 12-step program asks of you. It is a simple program for complicated people. Keep working hard and the miracle of life will happen.

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  1. Peer pressure is one of those things in any domain be it professional or personal informal types makes addiction worse. I have seen people who are very decent in their life comes in the addiction due to it.

  2. Brandon stories clearly proven how detox to rehab organization deal with the patients and help him in recovering. Thank for sharing such a great article about the organization.

  3. It’s quite normal for someone who is addicted to drug to be close to another person who live the same lifestyle. It’s true that it makes them complete. When it comes to codependency, the only way out for either of them is to meet someone who is clean and ready to get them back on the right track. The person Brandon met at the gas station is an angel that changed his life. I hope other drug addicts can meet people who can help them with their drug addiction problem by introducing them to programs aimed at helping folks with drug addiction problem

  4. All this stories are amazing and an inspiration to those still under the influence of drugs or alcohol. As many people still struggling with one thing or the other should open up and ask for help, and be ready to be helped. Thanks for sharing and for all you do.

  5. There’s a real danger in using drugs to escape our real life problems. In a way it robs us of the ability to actually deal with our problems head on.

  6. Drug addiction sucks especially when you start craving for more and getting closer to another drug addict. Brandon was just lucky to meet someone who introducing him to the program that changed his life . I’m really happy for him

  7. I’m always waiting to add more to my knowledge via these articles. Getting addicted to hard drugs irregardless of the trigger is just not it.

  8. Thanks for touching on the dangers of mixing drugs and love. Many young people tend to make that mistake only to regret in the end.

  9. We should be very wary of peer pressure. In many instances it’s the one thing that is certain to lead us into addiction.

  10. Peer pressure is one of the easiest way to fall victim of drug addiction.
    Starting the act at first is often fun, not until when the victim realize that he needs help. It is always better to seek professional help

  11. I think codependency gives a false sense of security and only functions to further fuel an addiction. It should be shunned at all costs.

  12. I agree that love and drugs can be a toxic mixture. The situation is especially worse if both lovers are hooked on drugs.

  13. It is very important that we choose carefully the people we hang around. Bad company leads to peer pressure and that’s how many young people get into drugs.

  14. Recovery is never easy, but it is worth it. You must pay the sacrifice in order to be free from drugs addiction. Doing drugs is a time waster, it empties one’s life, most especially combination of drugs and alcohol are very deadly. So happy for detox to rehab for the great work they are doing so far to help young people out of their plights.

  15. There is nothing better than abstain from drug and alcohol. To live healthy life drug and alcohol is not an option.

  16. This hits me hard. I was an addict and drunkard before. I was really hooked because of the feeling. But the thing is, I was able to move on by my own willingness. Some people might be hard for them without any help, that is why we need to understand what kind of situation they are in.

  17. Such a wonderful and informative article. Thanks for sharing your knowledge to help others who are struggling as well.

  18. Around people using drugs especially parents doing drugs cause trauma in the life of kids. Also I agree, relationship and drugs is a killer, statistics has shown this

  19. The key is to never give up on yourself. In anything that you want to achieve, you need to be patient and believe in the power. Changes may never be easy but in the end, is all worth the pain.

  20. I agree bad associations corrupts good manners. Drugs addiction can really be bad, but thank God for the 12 steps program, it has been a life saver for addicts.

  21. Codependency new to me, though I know the meaning. Its really silly not judging now to move in with someone that makes drugs and alcohol their priority. That’s lame

  22. Once you decide to try drugs, this is where you start to destroy your life. Drugs and alcohol can be very dangereous for life. That’s way it’s better to avoid them.

  23. I dont know why drugs and alcohol are so powerful but people say there is a spirit behind this things that ones you are hooked on it, it makes you want to keep having more. It is best to stay clear of it all together.

  24. Always choose your friends. The people you are with are most likely the person you will be. If you are already hooked on drugs then please stop as early as possible. friends will never help you if get crazy.

  25. Addiction is very bad thing,It may lead us to death also.People don’t realize what can start out as fun and games can and will turn into a full-fledged addiction that we cannot seem to escape no matter how hard we fight.

  26. The only co dependency that is beneficial is that of an addict and his support system. As that becomes vital especially if addiction sets in. To me drugs is like an illusion. All is fine and well until everything comes crashing down.

  27. Very informative and helpful write up that clarifies how and why people gets into drugs thereby getting addicted. This is a recommended article to be read for both old and young, it will go a long way to calm eager minds and correct those drug addicts out there, looking for a way out

  28. Peer pressure make’s one who isn’t a drug addict, to form adduction with drugs, and start abusing it. We ought to stay away from bad friends, to stay cool.

  29. Codependency in this regard can be considered in two faces. One, when people who are drug and alcohol addicts live together, it will be disastrous. Two, when you have an addict living with people who are not, those ones can help him to overcome the menace.

  30. Codependency can help to discover people with addiction and notice the symptoms through their behaviour. This can also help to refer them the the rehabilitation center for necessary treatment.

  31. When two drug addict co abit together, this a time bomb that’s ready to explode. This story really has alot of lesson for love birds

  32. Struggles of life had caused all ages to succumb to drug and alcohol abuse which is not good for our today’s society. Thanks for sharing thus helpful post.

  33. It´s terrible how there’s a lack of control regarding drugs and alcohol consumption between people. I wish they could seriously consider the information available regarding the fast degenerative effects of drugs and alcohol in the body, how it can quickly turn into an addiction and destroy your life in all the possible areas.

  34. The above information will be helpful. Stop drug addiction today,too much of drugs damage alot of things in the body system.

  35. This is so amazing information. This information is going to be very helpful for the people who are suffering from drugs. Thanks for detox to rehab.

  36. Thank you for the informative and helpful article. It’s very well said and I can agree that drugs and alcohol are powerful factors to addiction and codependency. I’ve got an uncle that was an alcoholic and unfortunately he passed away due to that.

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