July 14

How Strong is Your Addiction?

Drug abuse is prevalent among teens, and if left unchecked, it can lead to other serious mental issues in the long run. Fortunately, there are habits that can lead to recovery for those who will commit to them. 

Research shows that there are five stages of addiction. Though the stages can overlap one another, the first and most common step is experimentation or use. In most cases, drug addiction starts with the urge to explore what a particular substance can do to the body. 

The second stage is continued use. Once you get high from using a specific drug or like the after-feeling, it is more likely you will continue to use it. The third stage is tolerance, whereby your body and brain adjust to the drug, and you have to take higher doses to feel the effects. 

The fourth stage is dependence, where if you do not consume the drugs, you become physically ill. In other words, you start developing withdrawal symptoms. For instance, if you are used to taking alcohol, and you don’t consume it for a day or two, you may sweat profusely or experience shakiness throughout. 

The last stage is addiction. In this stage, you find it completely impossible to quit taking the drug. Even if you are no longer interested in it, it may be hard for your body to function. It is also at this stage where you start noticing how you’ve lost almost everything in life.

If you’re interested in this phenomenon, please take a look at the following infographic. It shows a detailed explanation of the withdrawal stage of cocaine.  The infographic makes it easy to understand this tricky concept and provides ways to detox. Check it out below.

Infographic designed by Lead to Recovery

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