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The 1st stage of substance use is called "Experimental" or "Recreational" substance use. For many people that experiment with drugs or alcohol, it goes no further and they conclude it's not for them. Sometimes the decision to never do it again is due to a bad reaction or experience to the drug or the event; these are the lucky ones because sadly many other people end up having an enjoyable experience motivating them to continue to use the drug or alcohol again and again. These are the ones that move on to the 2nd stage of substance use, "Continued Use". When a person gets to the Continued Use stage and they continue abusing the drug or substance over and over, they will quickly progress to the 3rd stage of substance abuse which is called the "Tolerance" stage. At this stage the individual starts to become immune to the regular amounts of the substance they are using. At this stage they have to take more and more of the substance in order to feel any effect of the substance. As the individual continues to use more and more of the drug, they continue to develop an even greater tolerance to the drug. Now the individual feels the need to take very large amounts of the substance in order to experience any effects. It is at this point where the person has acquired stage 4 of substance use, and what we know as full blown "Addiction". The person at this point will discover that it is impossible to stop using the drug. Actually, at this point they know that the substance is slowly killing them and they desire to quit, but they typically can't stop on their own. Even when their behavior is devastating their family and loved ones, they usually cannot stop using on their own. They will try everything possible to stop themselves and at times briefly succeed for periods, only to relapse just when things seemed to be looking brighter. If you or someone you love has become addicted to drugs or alcohol, support and assistance is usually required for recovery.
Fortunately, with a professional drug and alcohol rehabilitation program in Pittsburgh, PA, individuals can completely recover from substance abuse and addiction everyday.
If you have tried to help an addicted person on your own without professional assistance but have been unsuccessful, listed below are some of the benefits of getting professional help for your loved one's addiction.
In summary, a Drug and Alcohol Treatment Program in Pittsburgh can save a persons life and give you back the person you know and love.
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Drug Addiction is not easy to overcome alone. Support Groups like Narcotics Anonymous help provide a safe environment for recovering Drug Addicts. Here is a list of NA meetings in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania:
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