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The Cost of Drug Addiction to the Addict

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What is the human cost?

  Depressed girl

When a young person starts out with drugs, at first there is curiosity and excitement.  In exchange, the Drug demands the user’s money.  

As tolerance to the drug increases, the dose needed for a satisfactory high gets larger and larger so the expense gets higher and higher.
 
Then the money runs out and the next thing to go is the addict’s honesty and integrity. Activities which he or she would never have considered engaging in before are now considered by the user acceptable solutions to getting more drugs.  Users even lie to themselves.

Then the honesty and integrity are gone too, and the Addiction is much more pressing. 
 

 

The price is going up.

 

The next item the addict gives over to the addiction is the family and friends.  Families are amazingly supportive institutions and it takes a lot to ruin a relationship like that, but eventually there isn’t one person in the family, not one friend who will continue to support this self-destructive behavior.
Now the list of things left to trade for the drug is growing thin.  The next thing to go is the addict’s health. Although he or she isn’t nearly as healthy as before the drug use started, whatever health is left is given away, a piece at a time to the drug.  The person is left in miserable condition and what is the usual answer to this new problem?   MORE DRUGS!   Drugs to cover up pains, drugs to wake up and drugs to go to sleep.

One day the addict discovers that his health is all gone.  He or she has nothing left to trade.   But still the drug is there, demanding more.    

The dearest price of drug abuse is lives.  Lives of the addicted persons and the lives of their families, spouses and friends.  
 
At any point on this dwindling spiral the addicted person could make a change.  It doesn't have to continuously get worse, without hope.  

But the longer the person is using the drug or drugs, the more difficult the recovery process becomes.  Each day, the chances of a full return to a happy productive life get lower and lower.  

If you or someone you love is on that road, don't wait.  Call a one of our counselors NOW for an assessment.  

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