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Physical drug cravings occur when the drug dependent person builds up their tolerance to
drugs over time. Drug cravings, like other physical cravings, are taken as a
symbol that the individual should give the body what it thinks it needs.
Physical and psychological drug cravings are very powerful and
compel many people to use drugs. Even though the cravings may seem like they
are uncontrollable, they can be dissipated and you do not have to act upon them.
When the person is in a drug recovery program, they will learn to tolerate the
cravings and not act upon them. With these tools they are in a good position to
start taking back control of their lives.
Addictive drugs activate the brain.s reward systems. The
promise of reward is very intense, which in turn causes drug cravings. These intense drug cravings force the addict
to focus his or her activities around taking the drug. The ability of addictive
drugs to strongly activate brain reward mechanisms and their ability to
chemically alter the normal functioning of these systems can produce a drug
addiction. Drugs also reduce a person.s level of consciousness, harming the
ability to think or be fully aware of present surroundings.
The addict will now attempt to withhold the fact of their
drug use from friends and family members. They will begin to suffer the effects
of their own dishonesty and guilt. They may become withdrawn and difficult to
reason with. Strange behaviors often come about at this point in the addiction.
The more they use drugs and alcohol, the guiltier they will
feel, and the more depressed they will become. They will sacrifice their
personal integrity, relationships with friends and family, their job, their
savings, and anything else they may have in an attempt to get more drugs to
satisfy the intense drug cravings. The drugs are now the most important things
in their life. Their relationships and job performance will go drastically
There is such a thing as a drug personality. It is
artificial state of being that is created by drugs. Drugs can change the
attitude of a person from their original personality to one secretly harboring
hostilities and hatreds they do not permit to show on the surface.
The drug personality of an individual suffering from drug
cravings includes such characteristics as:
Unreliable - Unable to finish projects
Unexpressed resentment and secret hatreds
Dishonesty - Lies to family,
Withdraws from those who love them, isolates self
May appear chronically depressed
May begin stealing from family and friends
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