… voices and visions he would get after witnessing his brother’s death at a young age.
For many, traumatic events can trigger drug use and abuse in individuals if some other form of therapy isn’t found.
If you find yourself in a similar situation, seek out help, if not professional, then at least with a family member or friend who has your best interests at heart. Also, remember to keep busy. Try taking up a hobby or sport that help maximize your time and thoughts.
Breaking Down The Drug Addiction
Drug addiction is a chronic brain disease that causes compulsive drug seeking and use. Drug addiction is a brain disease because the abuse of drugs leads to changes in the structure and function of the brain. Although it is true that, for most people, drug use is voluntary, changes in the brain over time, caused by repeated drug abuse, can affect a person’s ability to control the abuse, and their subsequent actions.
It is because of these changes in the brain that it is so challenging for a person who is addicted to stop abusing drugs. Fortunately, there are treatments that help people to counteract addiction’s powerful disruptive effects and regain control. Research shows that combining addiction treatment medications, if available, with behavioral therapy is the best way to ensure success for most patients. Treatment approaches that are tailored to each patient’s drug abuse patterns and any concurrent medical, psychiatric, and social problems can lead to sustained recovery and a life without drugs.
The main thing to remember is, it’s never too late to seek help. Ray did it, and so can you.