Lamar Odem wakes up! Intervention Time
The word “addiction” is often used to refer to any behavior that is out of control in some way. People often describe themselves as being addicted to, for example, a TV show or shopping. The word is also used to explain the experience of withdrawal when a substance or behavior is stopped (e.g., “I must be addicted to coffee: I get a headache when I don’t have my cup in the morning”).
Because the term “addiction” is commonly used in such a vague way, there have been many attempts to define it more clearly. One simple way of describing addiction is the presence of the 4 Cs:
- loss of control of amount or frequency of use
- compulsion to use
- use despite consequences.
There are Numerous psychological factors can influence whether a person chooses to use substances, or whether this use leads to abuse and dependence. People with neurotic, addictive or risk-seeking personalities may be more likely to use substances. Alternatively, poor coping skills or negative thought may lead to substance use and abuse as a coping mechanism in response to stress or emotional turmoil.
Substance use can be hard to change. One thing that makes change so difficult is that the immediate effects of substance use tend to be positive. The person may feel good, have more confidence and forget about his or her problems.
The person may come to believe that he or she cannot function or make it through the day without drugs. When the person uses substances to escape or change how he or she feels, using can become a habit, which can be hard to break. Continued substance use, especially heavy use, can cause changes in the body and brain causing the person to develop physical dependence which makes it hard to stop using due the distressing
A person who develops a physical dependence and then stops using, may experience distressing symptoms of withdrawal; These changes may explain why people continue to crave the substance long after they have stopped using, and why they may slip back into using or have a hard time deciding to stop.
What do you make of the situation? this is not gossip but a chance for us all to understand that your Mental Wellness means understanding your journey by understanding how you cope or finding ways to learn new coping mechanism.
Many want to to use the Kardashian episode as the cause to this tragic incident. Health literacy, is a key component to helping individuals understand complicated health issues easier, by understanding contributing factors.
This has been another segment from Michelle Smith your Health and Social Advocate. If you know some one that may be suffering with substance abuse/Mental Health. JA Nursing We Care Inc. is founded on the principle of navigating you through your process. We stay with you because WE CARE. You can contact Us for a assistance with navigation through your process
Past blog on Suicide Prevention http://janursing.blogspot.ca/2015/04/is-suicide-preventable-my-take-on-bobbi.html