Ask us a question:
Visit us: Sremskih Boraca 2E, Belgrade, Zemun - Serbia.

What distinguishes addicts from those who are not addicts?

Am I an addict is an often question people who have problems with drugs, alcohol, or gambling ask themselves. What distinguishes addicts from those who are not addicts?

1. INCREASING TOLERANCE

A person can bear a more considerable amount of substance. The body has adapted to earlier doses, and more significant or frequent amounts (the period between taking is reduced) are taken to feel the initial effect

2. PSYCHOLOGICAL ADDICTION

The desire and need of the person to feel the effects of the substance which are experienced as pleasant. “Reliance” on the substance in dealing with unpleasant feelings.

3. LOSS OF CONTROL

The person has no control over the substance. He cannot stop taking it until he gets his “dose.” It is a lasting phenomenon. Biochemical changes are happening in the brain that cannot be restored.

4. PHYSICAL ADDICTION

Body adaptation to the substance, without which the body cannot function any more. It becomes an integral part of body functioning.

5. WITHDRAWAL SYNDROME

Unpleasant mental and physical experiences that occur when one stops taking the substance or reduces its dose

whether I am a chart addict

Denying the problem worsens the disorder!

DENIAL

People taking drugs or alcohol respond to crises and problems in different ways. Some people think that this is not a problem because they can stop doing it or think they “keep things under control.” Some admit the problem arose, but do not “blame” drugs or alcohol for that. In any case, there is some form of non-recognition of truth or blurring of causes, which is essentially problem denial. Thus established pattern of denial allows continuation and problems inevitably continue to pile up.

MINIMIZATION

The problem is minimized, not accepted in the present form (one undermines the doses, the scope of the problem …)

RATIONALIZATION

Rationalization is a strategy for justifying prohibited actions. The addict justifies his drug use by various examples from everyday life (lack of understanding from family, quarrels, conflicts).

PROJECTION

Different interpretation of real events with the aim of justifying own behavior. For example, it is not a big deal that he “sometimes” comes home drunk, but the problem is that his wife does not know how to behave and starts a fight.

SOCIAL COMPARISON

Comparing own problem with other people’s problem that are “thornier.” All with the aim of justifying and lessening the degree of own problem.

denying the problem of addiction

Misapprehensions about psychoactive substances

  1. Periodic “recreational” drug use is possible
  2. I’ll take it just one more time
  3. I can control taking drugs because I take breaks
  4. Addicts are homeless
  5. Addicts are those who are always drunk or drugged or regularly gamble
  6. Addicts face terrible problems when they stop taking
  7. Drug addicts are only those who take “hard drugs”
  8. Drug addicts are only those who take drugs intravenously
  9. Most addicts are jobless
  10. Marijuana is not a drug
  11. Drugs solve mental problems

The latest from our blog

Physical Dependency on Heroin – Treatment at Dr Vorobjev Clinic

March 11, 2020 Physical addiction to heroin leads to serious consequences. Heroin is a semi-synthetic drug derived from the processing

Fighting drugs and alcohol – More than two decades of success at Vorobiev clinic

March 12, 2020 The fight against drugs and alcohol must cover all social classes. Development of science and technology has

Insomnia – A growing concern of today

March 12, 2020 Insomnia is a disorder in which people have trouble sleeping or poor sleep quality. The name is

Call Now Button