Written by Sarah A.
Before you keep scrolling, a quick question—do you believe that the hard substance you take for fun is still for fun? Are you sure you’re still a social smoker/drinker?
Find out, will you?
Let’s assume you take marijuana, for instance, casually, you enjoy the rush and high feeling you get from it, especially when you take it to forget your problems. And you feel safe since you don’t do too much. Have you stopped to consider that you may be relying on it? Have you stopped to consider if you always need to get high to do just anything productive? Have you also stopped to consider if the dose you take increases gradually because the effect is no longer the same as the previous dosage? Or have you tried to stop taking it in a day or two, and it seems impossible because there is always a drive urging you to go for it? You may have developed dependency on the substance. This is because the brain possesses a powerful reward stimulus loop that leads to more use with each subsequent dose reinforcing the next.
It’s easy to claim playing safe with hard substances, but one thing about mental health when it is affected is that most times, you are never really aware of what’s going on because there is a gap between yourself and your sense of reality. The following will help you develop insight into the use of hard substances and understand when you become dependent, which invariably leads to addiction.
- When you start having the feeling, you have to take the drug several times a day or daily.
- When you always have to take it whenever you feel down.
- When you depend on it to work, think, act smarter, faster or stronger.
- When you always need to take it to sleep.
- When you try so hard not to lose the source of the drug (supply chain).
- Spending money you cannot afford on the drug.
- Having deep urges for the drug that blocks other thoughts at a particular time or the other.
- Having increased dosage.
- When you continue to use the drug despite knowing the psychological damage it might cause.
- Failing in your attempts to stop the usage.
The very first step to recovery, as many psychologists/therapists would say, is admitting the truth to yourself and or developing an insight into the problem. Try to score yourself—which of these listed above do you fall victim to? Please click on the link to book an appointment with us today and get the mental health care you deserve.