It is extremely difficult to watch a loved one spiral out of control due to their drug addiction. Friends and family of the drug user can provide better support if they truly understand what the drug user is going through both physically and mentally. Whether the person is currently addicted to drugs or going through drug withdrawal, he or she is going through a tremendously challenging time both physically and emotionally. The experience can vary from person to person and depending on the addiction type and also depending on their history with the drug.
What drug addiction feels like in the beginning
The first time somebody takes a drug, the drug makes them feel good and then the high is over. The person may feel the same as what they felt before taking the drug. But as the drug use leads to drug addiction, the person starts feeling worse and worse after the ‘high’ feeling of the drug effects disappears. The person who used to feel normal without the drug now needs the drug to feel normal again.
What drug addiction feels like after extended use
An increase in the amount of drug used is typical when it the substance abuse lasts for an extended period. With every instance of drug use, the brain changes in such a way that more and more drug is required to reach the same “high” feeling as in the beginning. This often leads to a drug addiction. The person needs more drugs to feel normal again. This excess use can lead to an overdose.
Physical and mental health effects of substance abuse and drug withdrawal
No matter how much drug the person takes, depression eventually sets in. This leads to a substance abuse cycle where an increase in drug is used to reduce the level of depression, yet the state of depression becomes more severe after multiple uses. This increase in negative feelings when not using the drug makes it very difficult to stop. Quitting a drug addiction leads to excruciating physical and emotional withdrawal symptoms. This is one of the reasons why many drug users have a hard time quitting. Even though they want to break away from their addiction, they continue to use the drug to avoid painful withdrawal symptoms.
What it feels like to be addicted to drugs and to go through drug withdrawal;
What it feels like physically to be addicted to drugs
What it feels like mentally to be addicted to drugs
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The substance abuser may not feel all of the adverse effects that the drug is having on the body and mental health. Certain bodily and brain damage occur quietly in the background. Learn more about the adverse drug effects of various substances on the body and mental health.
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