When a person wakes up and realizes that they have a substance abuse problem they are often astounded by how far reaching the effects of their addiction are on them physically. The reason so many drug addicts panic when forced to quit is that they really cannot handle the reality of how badly they have been affected physically by their drug use.
As they recover more the addict is usually also shocked and distressed by how much the dependency may have harmed their cognitive skills. Many addicts find that they have lost judgment, the ability to control their emotions, motivation, learning, comprehension skills and parts of their memory.
There is no one drug that is worse for this than another. These types of effects can occur whether you are addicted to cocaine, meth, nicotine, alcohol, heroin, speed, Xanax or Vicodin. The very act of being addicted causes brain damage.
There are lots of reasons why you may have started using in the first place. Most drug addicts never meant to get addicted and did not realize that their “short term fix” had long term consequences. It may have started to numb feelings of depressions, smoking pot to escape from stress or taking cocaine to feel sexy and confidence. Some people can blame their drug addiction on taking pills to cope with panic attacks or prescription painkillers to relieve back pain.
Unfortunately attempts to self-medicate often backfire on the addict. Instead of treating the cause of the problem, the symptoms are treated and the result is long term drug addiction. Without the dosing of the drug the person still experiences anxiety, loneliness, abuse and the pain they were trying to get rid of in the first place. When this happens it is time for you to admit you have a problem and seek the appropriate professional help that you need to get over your drug addiction.