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Why People Use Drugs

Hello

Thank you for your time  my drug addiction
ecourse! In this ecourse you’ll learn all about:

Part 1: Why People Use Drugs
Part 2: Identifying Your Drug Problem
Part 3: How Addiction Works
Part 4: Safe Detoxing
Part 5: Building Your Self-Esteem

That being said… Lets get started shall we  🙂
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Part 1: Why People Use Drugs
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The reasons people use drugs are varied.  Essentially, though, drugs give us a desired effect producing a feeling of euphoria that makes us feel better – at least temporarily.  There are hundreds of ways that drugs help people cope with life and each person has their own reason why they choose a certain drug.

Drugs can help calm you down, give you energy, overcome shyness, and avoid feelings of loneliness.  They may you feel bolder and want to take risks you wouldn’t normally take.  They are used to perhaps fit into social situation and get into a “party” mood and even to celebrate happy occasions.

Medically, drugs are used to alleviate pain, help you to sleep, suppress anger, combat anxiety, and avoid depression.  They can be used to cope with stress, stimulate your desire for sex, and lose weight.

Many people report that they began using drugs as a response to peer pressure.  Those around them would use drugs, so to fit in, they began using as well.

The ways drugs affect us are countless—for everyone. So much so that often it seems that drugs can cure all our ills and help us overcome whatever bothers us. If that’s all there were to it, we might consider each drug to be some kind of “wonder drug.”

This is where the thought process gets a little skewed.  People begin to crave the feeling of euphoria that they get when they use drugs and that’s when it becomes a problem.  It can be a vicious cycle.  You feel you can’t live without the feelings that drugs give you and that you just won’t be able to cope with life without those drugs.  That’s what breeds addiction.

For more information about drug addiction, and a look at the other two stages, please refer to my website.

Take Care,
Amy
http://addiction.firstrus.com/

Subject:  Identifying Your Drug Problem

Hello

I hope you enjoyed the first course on why people use drugs, next we are going to look at identifying your drug problem.

Here is a recap of the e-course schedule:

Part 1: Why People Use Drugs
Part 2: Identifying Your Drug Problem
Part 3: How Addiction Works
Part 4: Safe Detoxing
Part 5: Building Your Self-Esteem

With that being said… Lets get rolling shall we  🙂
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Part 2: Identifying Your Drug Problem

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When you use drugs, they can quickly become a problem.  Addiction can happen before you know it.  You need to really take a look at your drug use and be honest with yourself when evaluating whether or not that drug use has become a problem.

Start by asking yourself one simple question:  “Do you sometimes think you have a drug problem?”  If the answer is yes, you probably do have an issue with addiction.  Why?

Most of the time, drug abusers deny they have a problem, or they hide from it by making excuses. It’s a natural reaction to defend yourself and your behaviors. But your defenses break down once in a while.  So if you sometimes think you have a problem, you almost certainly do.

Think about how you feel the morning after heavy using.  Your body aches, your head is cloudy, you feel guilty for over-using and promise yourself you’ll stop.  You decide that you won’t be using drugs that day.  You feel beaten and broken and want to do something about it.  Your defenses are down and you are vulnerable to your own rational thoughts.

As the day goes on, though, your defenses start coming back up again and you begin excusing yourself for the previous day’s binge.  You start to make excuses for your over-indulgence.  You tell yourself you were having a bad day, you didn’t eat enough, you were really stressed out, or some other excuse.

You decide to let yourself use “just a little”.  After all, you were having a bad day yesterday.  Today won’t be the same.  And the cycle continues.

For more information about drug addiction, please refer to my website
http://addiction.firstrus.com/

Take Care,
Amy
http://addiction.firstrus.com/

 

Subject:  How Addiction Works

Hello

I hope you enjoyed the second course on identifying your drug problem, next we are going to look at how addiction works.

Here is a recap of the e-course schedule:

Part 1: Why People Use Drugs
Part 2: Identifying Your Drug Problem
Part 3: How Addiction Works
Part 4: Safe Detoxing
Part 5: Building Your Self-Esteem

With that being said… Lets get rolling shall we  🙂
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Part 3: How Addiction Works

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Medical research shows two major causes of physical addiction. First, your cells adapt to the drug and, second, your metabolism becomes more efficient.
To your cells, the drugs you’re using become a way of life. Every time you use a drug, your blood carries it to every cell in your body. Your cells adjust. They grow to expect these doses on schedule.

Your cells learn to cope with various drugs by defending themselves against the drugs’ toxic effects. Cell walls harden to retain stability and reduce toxic damage. But as your cells get tough against drugs, gradually more and more can be consumed. Your tolerance increases.

In the long run, however, cell walls break down. At this point, your cells not only lose their ability to keep toxins out but also become unable to retain essential nutrients. Many of them stop functioning altogether or start functioning abnormally. That’s when your organs (heart, brain, liver, or lungs), which are nothing more than whole systems of cells, begin to fail.

The problem with metabolism is that it is intimately connected to diet. Your body metabolizes food (breaks it down into its constituent parts) to get vital nutrients to all the cells. To serve this purpose, your body can metabolize many different foods and can learn how to gain nutrients from almost any kind of food you give it.

Metabolism also helps to rid the body of unwanted toxins. The liver is the key organ in this process. The liver “sees” drugs as unwanted toxins and begins producing enzymes that will help eliminate them from the body. It produces a different combination of enzymes for each drug. Moreover, the liver becomes extremely efficient at producing these enzymes. The more it “sees” a particular drug, the more efficiently it produces the enzymes that inactivate that drug.

Thus, a drug that you use often will get eliminated from the body with greater and greater efficiency. It’s as if the liver begins to “expect” that drug and has enzymes ready and waiting. This is a key reason that tolerance increases, that is, why it takes greater and greater doses of a drug to get the same original effects.

For more information about drug addiction, please refer to my website
http://addiction.firstrus.com/

Take Care,
Amy
http://addiction.firstrus.com/

 

Subject:  Safe Detoxing

Hello

I hope you enjoyed the third course on how addiction, next we are going to look at safe detoxing.

Here is a recap of the e-course schedule:

Part 1: Why People Use Drugs
Part 2: Identifying Your Drug Problem
Part 3: How Addiction Works
Part 4: Safe Detoxing
Part 5: Building Your Self-Esteem

With that being said… Lets get rolling shall we  🙂
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Part 4: Safe Detoxing

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Drug detox is the most important part of becoming free from addiction, and because of this drug detox should be handled with great care. Drug detox is a medical procedure. Drug detox should be handled in a medical facility under great supervision.

The reason for this is because drug detox can be fatal. What happens to the body when one becomes addicted is a chemical change, and to take this chemical away from the body all at once without proper care from the drug detox can turn from a positive process to a fatal one.

If you elect to enter a rehab facility, you will have the guidance and help you need to get through the detox procedure.  However, if you decide outpatient rehab is more your speed, you must contact a doctor and be under his or her supervision while you are ridding your body of drugs.

The physical symptoms of detoxification vary according to what type of drugs you are coming off of.  Because there are thousands of chemical reactions that occur in our body as a result of the drugs, taking the drug away will affect those chemical reactions.

Symptoms range from cold sweats to shaking to things as serious as convulsions and heart palpitations.

For more information about drug addiction, please refer to my website
http://addiction.firstrus.com/

Take Care,
Amy
http://addiction.firstrus.com/

Subject: Building Your Self-Esteem

Hello

I hope you enjoyed the fourth course on safe detoxing, finally we are going to look at building your self-esteem.

Here is a recap of the e-course schedule:

Part 1: Why People Use Drugs
Part 2: Identifying Your Drug Problem
Part 3: How Addiction Works
Part 4: Safe Detoxing
Part 5: Building Your Self-Esteem

With that being said… Lets get rolling shall we  🙂
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Part 5: Building Your Self-Esteem

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It is nearly impossible to effectively journey down the path to recovery without realizing that you deserve to be drug-free.  Building your self-esteem requires effort on your part, and, just like during your self-assessment, it also requires personal honesty.  Building self esteem helps not only with personal acceptance, but with staying strong during your recovery as well.

Remember, you are a unique individual and are no less worthy than anyone else in what you deserve from life. If you hesitated to answer, or answered negatively to any of the questions above, please keep reading. You create your own tomorrow today. Changing a thought process or your inner expectations is essential to recovery.

Positive affirmations are very important in building your self esteem.  They will become your mantra as you work on the parts of you that you want to change.  They can also be helpful when you are feeling weak during the recovery process.

A positive affirmation can be anything you want it to be, but it must be positive!

Look in the mirror, look into your own eyes, and recite your affirmation over and over again.  Change your mindset from not believing what you say to wholeheartedly accepting that it is the truth.  Do this several times a day if you have to.  Eventually, you’ll start believing what you say without having to quiet down those negative thoughts when they creep in.

For more information about drug addiction, please refer to my website
http://addiction.firstrus.com/

Take Care,
http://addiction.firstrus.com/
http://addiction.firstrus.com/

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