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Alcohol and drug addiction can be explained by looking at the root cause for addiction. Often times, a person will become addicted to alcohol or drugs because they are trying to avoid confronting some type of problem such as a particular discomfort, an emotional disturbance, or even physical pain. For drugs or alcohol to be attractive to a person, there must first be some underlying unhappiness, sense of hopelessness, or physical pain. They turn to alcohol or a drug because they feel like they can not handle or fix their problem and using is their way of coping with the situation.
Once the individual experiences the high that comes from alcohol or drugs, they will try to recreate that feeling over and over again. The alcohol or drugs appear to solve their problem for them. They feel better because they now seem better able to deal with life. It is at this point that the drugs become valuable to them. However, the drugs simply give the illusion of solving their problems. The painkilling effects or the numbing that the drugs or alcohol produce are just a quick and easy solution for the pain or discomfort they feel. From then on, it is just a matter of time before the person loses all conscious restraints and becomes fully addicted.
The user will find that it takes more and more or their drug of choice to mask their feelings and to function normally. Often, their guilt and symptoms of depression will also increase making them feel the need to use drugs to cover those feelings as well. As their alcohol and drug addiction progresses they will begin to sacrifice their personal integrity, relationships with family and friends, savings, retirement pension and anything else that may be of use to get more drugs in support of their habit.
Those who are addicted to alcohol or drugs will develop a Biochemical Personality. Some of the characteristics of a biochemical personality are:
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