It’s time to dispel the rumors…

“This only happens to young people” – Drug use is increasing among people in their fifties and early sixties.  This increase is, in part, due to the aging of the baby boomers, whose rates of illicit drug use have historically been higher than those of previous generations. – National Institute on Drug Abuse

“This only happens to poor people” – An NBC news segment featured a young heroin addict who was the son of two doctors who themselves treat drug abusers.  Isn’t this proof of the non-discriminating nature of drug addiction? – NBC Nightly News Feature (April 7, 2016)

“This won’t happen if I just smoke marijuana” – One addiction can lead to other addictions, and one drug can make you relapse on another drug.  That’s one of the consequences of a brain that’s wired for addiction.  Suppose you’re addicted to cocaine.  If you want to stop using cocaine, then you have to stop using all addictive drugs including alcohol and marijuana.  You may never have had a problem with either of them, but if you continue to use alcohol or marijuana, even casually, they’ll eventually lead you back to your drug of choice.  Recovery requires total abstinence. – AddictionandRecovery.org

When you drink and/or use drugs on a regular basis, you are susceptible to addiction.  When you take the same amount each time, there will come a time when your body won’t respond the same way.  It likes what it is receiving and will soon want more.  The solution:  Take more!

And so the cycle begins.  The more you take, the more you need, and soon you find yourself unable to function without alcohol or drugs.

What’s next?

The vast majority of people who try to stop using on their own will fail.  It will also seriously upset your body.  Withdrawing has some very unpleasant side effects. In your mind you may be ready, but the dependency is far greater.  Feelings of “it isn’t worth it” overtake you and the cycle of addiction returns.

But there is hope and there is help, and we are here to provide it.

Spectrum Healthcare has been a leader in the fight against addictions for the past decade.  Our clinic currently has five physicians to help you navigate through the addiction process.  We also offer AODA counseling for not only the patient, but the family as well.  We recognize this disease doesn’t just affect the addict, but their family as well.