When it comes to drug abuse, there’s a huge amount of misinformation out there. The “War on Drugs” has caused years upon years of education that’s either misleading or just plain wrong, in an effort to make drugs sound even worse than they really are. There’s also a lot of misinformation in order to claim that drug addicts are bad people, morally and ethically.
Given that, it’s no wonder that so many people suffer from drug addiction, and never try to seek help. This is unfortunate, because it causes people to sink further and further into the downward spiral that caused them to become addicted in the first place. Eventually, with nowhere to turn and no hope left, they become the very criminal society has always claimed they were.
But you don’t have to go down that road!
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The Truth About Drug Addiction
The truth of the matter is, drug addiction is not quite the powerful force that many educators would have you believe. The idea that softer drugs can lead to harder drugs has been completely debunked, for starters. So smoking marijuana won’t cause you to suddenly start craving crack or crystal meth.
Which leads to another problem with the misinformation about drugs. Some drugs are sold as incredibly dangerous, when that’s not the case. Crack is treated as if it’s easily a hundred times more potent (and thus, more addictive) than cocaine. The truth is that it’s a bit more potent, but not at all more addictive. Similarly, while it’s true people who are addicted to crystal meth often have dental problems, it’s not because meth makes your teeth fall out. Rather, people on meth tend to grind their teeth a lot, and tend to be too out of sorts to practice proper hygiene.
The point is, drug addiction doesn’t mean you’re weak-willed or that you’re a bad person. It simply means you lived the sort of life in which you had no reason not to continue turning to drugs in order to seek solace.
Finding Psychological Treatment
The first thing to remember is that many cities do have free clinics that will help you with mental health care. The second thing to remember is that drug addiction is easier to deal with when you have something else to occupy your time.
What this means in practical terms is that when you feel as though there is no hope and no reason to look for psychological help is exactly when you need to look for help the most. Don’t let yourself languish and waste away. Don’t let yourself become another statistic. Seek the help you need, so that you can turn your life around.
And of course, never presume that you can’t get help. Getting help may be difficult, and the first few places you look for help may not be able to help you. But stick with it. Even if you give in and take your drug of choice a few times, that doesn’t mean there’s no hope for you.