Ask any recovering addict, and they'll tell you that they believed the same thing...that there was no way a substance could ever take total control of their minds and bodies.
That they were in control. That they could stop any time they wanted.
But unfortunately, it's not up to us. Our brains are wired to make sure we repeat activities, like eating and sleeping, by associating those activities with pleasure or reward.
When the reward circuit is activated, the brain automatically repeats an activity without thinking about it and without regard to potential consequences.
This video from NIDA explains addiction in simple terms and offers a hotline to help you or a loved one find treatment.
Our goal is to give you the straight facts, so you can make smart choices and be your
best self—without drugs.
There's no doubt that addiction overpowers both mind and body. But there are still elements of control available to us both before and after addiction takes hold:
CONTROL #1: We need to learn all we can about addiction before we make any substance use decisions.
CONTROL #2: We need to talk to non-judging peers and adults (like those of us at P.E.D.A.) before making decisions. People who understand often can help us learn why we sometimes make detrimental choices.
CONTROL #3: We shouldn't be afraid to guide others who may be addicted or headed down that path to proper help.
CONTROL #4: Ask for help if you are addicted or are in danger of becoming addicted. We know this is the hardest thing to do, but even in the throes of addiction, we still have the power to ask for help.