It is very difficult to convince a drug user to stop using if he is in the “pleasure” phase alone, that is if he has not yet become aware of the harmful effects of his consumption and / or his addiction and sees only the pleasure that gives him drugs.
On the subject of addiction, many drug users are not aware of their addiction and think they can stop when they want … and that’s often when they really try to stop they discover this dependency.
These users did not understand that the THC accumulated and stored in their body acts for several days and thus masks the lack effect. They have never been able to stop definitively and are addicted without realizing it.
It is only when the user becomes aware of a problem , either of himself, or that his parents or his entourage have succeeded in making him aware of the present or future difficulties, that he can then feel the problem to visit Drug and alcohol rehab.
Motivation to stop
This motivation can be generated for example by:
- Awareness of the harmful effects of drugs on their physical or mental health.
- Awareness of the consequences on one’s family life: impact on one’s surroundings, risk of separation or divorce.
- A social problem related to drugs: an accident, an arrest or the risk of losing one’s job.
- Awareness of the remoteness of those around him and his social isolation.
- Financial problems related to addiction.
- Awareness of its dependence and the decline it causes.
- The pressures of family and friends to seek treatment after helping to raise awareness of the issues.
A positive event that can be compromised by drug addiction: dating, pregnancy, professional advancement etc.
Stop consuming, easy or not?
Distinguish in advance the mere use as well as controlled drugs, if harmful, related rather for occasional or the recurrent festive usage (a glass of whiskey with friends, for example), but that is up to the abuse, and drug addiction which is a compulsive use not or poorly controlled and generally induced by underlying problems that the user is not necessarily aware of.
The desire to stop consumption only appears when one feels negative effects on one’s health or social life, i.e. when one has reached at least the stage of abuse.
To stop an abusive use but without real dependence, although the border between these two states is not always clear, demands above all the will and the perseverance.
The only problem is that many drug users believe they control their consumption when they are not. The fact that they have neither the will nor the perseverance sufficient, whereas they became aware of their problem, testifies of an uncontrolled consumption and thus of an addiction.