Statistics show that 7 in 10 Americans are either addicted themselves, or have a close family member who is addicted to a destructive habit. When asked they report the addiction negatively affecting them in one of at least three ways: Physical illness, financial hardship, or emotional trauma.
How does a person become addicted? Here is some of my research
Typically it happens like this:
A person takes a drug of abuse, be it marijuana or cocaine or even alcohol, activating the same brain circuits as do behaviors linked to survival, such as eating, bonding and sex. The drug causes a surge in levels of a brain chemical called dopamine, which results in feelings of pleasure. The brain remembers this pleasure and wants it repeated.
Just as food is linked to survival in day-to-day living, substances begin to take on the same significance for the addict. The need to obtain and use becomes more important than any other need, including truly vital behaviors like eating. The addict no longer seeks the substance for pleasure, but for relieving distress.
Eventually, the drive to seek and use is all that matters, despite devastating consequences.
Finally, control and choice and everything that once held value in a person's life, such as family, job and community, are lost to the disease of addiction. Like a young person blinded by an infatuation, a stormy chemical romance ensues and eventually destroys that person’s life.
Join us this weekend for a powerful message entitled “My Chemical Romance”.
If you are struggling or know someone who is, then you will find hope at New Community this weekend. There is a Way to freedom!