Why Is It So Hard To Quit Drugs?
People start using drugs to make their lives easier or to say – cope with problems much easier. Some people use drugs for recreational purposes for more than ten years continually and never get hooked on. But that percent of people is really small and they, as well as people who never used any drug, cannot realize how and why it’s hard to quit drugs.
Ruined chemical balance, tolerance, and withdrawal
Think of our brain as a vast communication center which receives and sends messages to process what we see, feel, hear, etc. Drugs use our neurotransmitters (messages) and can increase or decrease the production of these transmitters. They can even affect the time of activity or existence for our transmitters or “land” on natural receptors and artificially activate neurotransmitters. It means the drug starts affecting your chemical balance.
More dopamine than your body creates
Drugs often produce more dopamine than natural dopamine activities like sex or eating your favorite meal. Therefore, it is much harder to resist the drug intake since it gives you more pleasure than anything else. Consequently, your brain does not even think about the drug; it thinks about the pleasure that drugs produce. The more dopamine drugs release, the harder is for your brain to keep up with the production of it. It eventually leads to depression and addiction later since nothing can produce enough dopamine so you could feel happy.
When your body is used to the drug, you start developing a tolerance. You need to take more and more to get to the same level of happiness. From the very first moment when you do not intake enough amount of drug, you start feeling weak. You are experiencing a withdrawal which can be very painful and uncomfortable, both physically and psychologically.
It is hard to get rid of “the habit”
Process of withdrawal is tough when you decide to seek help after a long-term addiction. Your brain and your body are already accustomed to the drug, and you developed a so called habit. Only strong will, determination and support from your friends can help you to leave your habit behind.