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Is My Drug Addiction My Fault?

Is My Drug Addiction My Fault?Addiction is a confusing and life-threatening disease. It has both physical and psychological aspects and can change a person’s thinking and behavior in uncontrollable ways. San Diego drug addicts may expend great emotional energy determining who is to blame for their condition. Many addicts ask any of the following questions:

  • Is my doctor to blame for prescribing me such powerful painkillers?
  • Should my parents have been more involved in my life and aware of my actions?
  • Was I born with a genetic predisposition toward addiction?
  • Was my drug use this risky?
  • Is my addiction my own fault?
  • Do I even deserve to be helped?

Often times these questions result from the psychological effects of the disease. While identifying the causes of addiction can be helpful, the need to blame anyone may undermine your attempts to quit. San Diego addicts can recover, but they may need help avoiding tactics such as blame and idleness.

How Psychological Addiction Works in San Diego Residents

Addiction affects the same area of the brain that also manages the following psychological functions:

  • Anxiety issues
  • Depression
  • Motivation
  • Romantic attraction
  • Eating, drinking and appetite
  • Sexual response
  • Memory
  • Reinforcing behaviors (forming habits)

Drugs and alcohol relieve any pain or distress in the above areas and the brain will crave that relief in powerful ways. The brain will then employ any of the following psychological functions to maintain the addiction:

  • Denial
  • Justification
  • Blame shifting
  • Dishonesty
  • Paranoia
  • Panic

Addiction is much more powerful than a San Diego addict’s rational thought or will. This is why so many people promise to stop using drugs but find they cannot do so. Addicts may avoid drugs for some time, but if they don’t reprogram their brains to function without drugs they will eventually succumb to their cravings.

San Diego Addiction Help

San Diego drug addicts can recover from the various effects of addiction with the right help. Once an addict realizes that he has a problem, he can then begin his journey out of dependency. The most effective recovery programs treat individual addicts the way they need to be treated, which can include any of the following treatment methods:

  • Individual counseling
  • Support group meetings
  • Education
  • Preparation for life after rehab
  • Spiritual and moral support

Not all recovery programs are created equal. The best centers treat both the addiction and any co-occurring disorders that may be feeding it. If you or another San Diego loved one is dealing with addiction, call our toll-free, 24 hour helpline today and let us answer any questions you have. Stop worrying about who is at fault for your addiction and start figuring out who can help you get free.