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How Addiction Can Affect Anyone

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By: Renaissance Recovery

Medically Reviewed by: Diana Vo, LMFT

Last Updated: 7/1/2021

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Authored By: Joe Gilmore

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For many years, addicts were looked upon with great disdain. Some viewed them as weak, or poor, or from bad families. It was this way for more than a hundred years. With the advent of mainstream media, we’re learning that addiction can affect anyone. It knows no socio-economic boundaries, it doesn’t care about your age, race, religion and career success. The stigma of addiction is only just now being broken. Science has proven that addiction is a disease and like any disease, it can impact even the strongest among us. This video demonstrates that well, given that the interview was a former MMA fighter. His story mirrors many of the stories we’ve heard over the years from our own residents. His video is yet another reminder that addiction can affect anyone.

Teen addiction

Most teens take that first hit or drink with fairly innocent intentions – they just want to get a good buzz and have some fun. Before long, they don’t know how to have fun without the substance and anaddiction is born. At this point, it can go two ways: the teen either grows out of it or descends into full blown, debilitating addiction. At that point, studies show that only severe consequences have a chance of prompting the teen to seek recovery. Those severe consequences might include, overdoses or near-death experience, being a victim of a serious crime, homelessness, joblessness, sexual abuse or physical violence.


Adult Addiction

Adult addiction is more less the same as teen addiction. Adults might start off with pain medicine for a real problem. Before long, the euphoria of the substance becomes a crutch and an addiction is born. Others use alcohol as their substance of choice, Perhaps they grew up drinking as a sort of social behavior only to come to rely on it to “take the edge off a rough day.” Before long, every day becames a day rough enough to drink more an more.

Senior Addiction

Senior addiction often starts from legitimate medication, prescribed for either a long term condition or a short term one. Use of any narcotic substances at any dosage can lead to addiction of not monitored carefully. Addiction can affect anyone, even people who hate using substances but do so only to alleviate pain.


Getting Past Any Embarrassment

Self-loathing among addicts is always a problem, so much so that there’s no need to heap the pressure of embarrasment upon oneself from outsiders. Understaning that addiction can affect anyone is the first step to realizing that we are all are just human – that includes the addict and those would seek to judge others or cast aspersions. Trying drugs for the first time was a choice to be sure, but choosing to seek addiction recovery treatment is a bold, courageous move. In no way should someone feel ashamed or embarrassed once that choice is made. Recovery is a time for cleansing and healing. The therapy you will received will often include group sessions. In these sessions, you will see for yourself that there are people from many walks of life who need help. That includes successful business people, celebrities, moms, dads, kids and a myriad of people who seemed to have everything, yet still fell into addiction. The stories they will tell will likely mirror yours. They tried drugs or alcohol for the same reasons and before long, they were addicted.

Addiction as a Disease

It’s no longer a debate – addiction IS a disease. Just like cancer, the flu or any other infectious malady, addiction is a disease. We certainly don’t as a society shame people who get cancer, so why should addicts be shunned? Thankfully, that old mindset has all but disappeared. Today, there are a variety of state, federal and regional programs designed to help addicts find recovery. Private healthcare insurance covers addiction treatment in most cases. Many states offer free addiction treatment for residents without insurance. New programs, like medication assisted treatment (MAT) make it easier than ever to get through addiction recovery with less discomfort than ever before.

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Diana Vo, LMFT

Diana is an addiction expert and licensed marriage and family therapist who has been in the field of mental health for over 10 years.

Joseph Gilmore

Joseph Gilmore has been in the addiction industry for three years with experience working for facilities all across the country