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Misconceptions About Addicts

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Some Common Misconceptions About Addicts
By Cecelia N Davis | Submitted On December 18, 2013

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Common Misconceptions of Addicts

Addicts are Lazy People.

Addicts may seem lazy but they aren't always lazy people. In fact, they are usually very motivated to satisfy their cravings. It actually takes quit an amount of energy to plan and make sure there is enough of the drug through the rest of the day and for tomorrow
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This is why it is important to fill a sober addict's time with other wholesome behaviors.

Addicts Are Stupid.

An addict's brain undergoes changes that lead to irrational behavior. Addicts do stupid things, but they are not stupid. The irrational (pre-rational to be more accurate) part of the brain hijacks the rational side of the brain (pre-frontal cortex). This is why they make emotional decisions that seem irrational, and some addicts make poor decisions from fear of withdrawal.

Addicts Live a Carefree Life.

Many non-addicts I knew seem to get a bit envious of those who use drugs or alcohol throughout the day to escape responsibilities or live in their own carefree world. In reality, an addict that has to self-medicate to feel normal - whether it be from drugs, alcohol or pornography- often do not have a good time because they are just trying to feel normal. Remember a new "set point" of feeling normal has been made within the brain of an
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They know that their games cannot keep up. They usually know that sooner or later they will get caught and they know that their addiction will either cause serious problems in their relationships and in some cases may kill them.

Addicts Lack Willpower.

It is true that addicts usually lack the willpower to beat addiction, but remember that is because of the change in the brain caused by addiction. Due to the worsening nature of addiction on the individual's brain, they are increasingly becoming more compulsive despite sever negative consequences.

In the brain this results in an imbalance or "homeostatic deregulation" within the reward pathways, which further explain how addiction develops and relapse is all too common.[1]

When an addict tries to stop by willpower, only then does he feel the full strength of the addiction. They often don't know the full strength of their addiction because they are always giving in. Once they make the decision to try to quit they are often defeated and may seem lazy because they lay in bed without a fix. But that is because they have a depleted dopamine level caused by long-term
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