The 4 levels of addiction

According to the dictionary addiction means: –

1. Abnormally tolerant and dependent on psychological or physical habits (especially alcohol and drugs).

2. Abnormally strong desire.

3. (Roman law) formal award with a court order of parts or person to another (from debtor to creditor), delivery of master; "according to Roman law, addiction was the justification for slavery."

The Chinese say of the hero. You start chasing the dragon but then jumps on your back and starts chasing you. Jackie Pullinger, a British woman who set up a ministry in Hong Kong, wrote a book about her experience there in "Chasing the Dragon".

This expression is associated with heroin's smoking, but it could be used for all creative drugs, alcohol, painkillers, sedatives, pesticides, solvents, LSD, cocaine, heroin, crack, eczema, barbiturates and cannabis. It can apply for drugs based on adrenaline such as gambling, sex, shopping, people (conspiracy) and food damage.

Addiction does not just happen. There is progress for chemical reasons, or other addiction. It passes through four main levels.

1. Addiction Probation

The experimental level may be by curiosity or peer. The user can say, "I just try, I do not need to use it again." The user can experience pleasure or speed. The occurrence may be violent or stoned, or "rush" of any kind. Many drug-drug attempts do not go to the next level of drugs.

This may start at the beginning of adolescents (sometimes younger) by trying alcohol, cigarettes or cannabis. It's easy to get high because the body is little tolerance. Often done by their peers from a parent or guardian. It can be seen as an adult game, or a simple act of rebel.

2. The Recreational Stage of Addiction

At the recreational level of the user can spend weekends with friends just to relax from stressful week. Looking for relief. Tolerance increases and more substances can be used, amphetamine (speed), a larger amount of alcohol. Symptoms may include late cessation, suffering from a cloak.

The user is now starting to plan for use. Waiting for a weekend to have friends, but also the risk of increasing smoking by smoking on the way to school. Begins to lie about how much and what is used. Parents can respond to this level by leveling up their child.

3. The Early Dependency Stage

At this point, a regular user must be an attacker. Keep an addictive lifestyle that starts to affect others. The young user may be missing a school and steal money to feed the habit. Older users may be struggling to keep their jobs and run out of debt. It is a daily concern to use drugs and this often leads to a meeting agent.

4. The Full Dependency Stage

At this stage of addiction, it's self destructive and compelling desire to escape for oblivion or escape reality. Sobriety is too hard to deal with. If untreated, the addict can now be disappointed and risk of premature death due to overdose, suicide, accident or side effects. Many end up with legal problems, imprisonment and family abduction.

Addiction causes two major problems, chemical problems (or adrenaline), and lifestyle problems. This is reviewed within the framework of other articles. Has an addiction to you or your family?


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