Addiction Forum Question

Forum Question
HopetrackerA3 A Mom From FL

Why is my child doing this?

My daughter has been in and out of rehab nine times in the past few years. Nothing works. She'd stay sober for a couple of days, maybe weeks. One time she even made it eight months, but it always ends the same. Eventually, she's god-knows-where doing drugs. I don’t know where to turn. I’m at a total loss. I love my daughter. I can't understand why she's doing this to herself. Why would anyone want to live like that?
Joan B I asked myself this same question when it came to my son. It helped me to learn more about addiction as an illness and try to understand how an addict's mind works. It wasn't until I understood that an addict believes their own faulty thinking - really believes it, that I understood my son was dealing with something that clouds his perception of reality. I have come to realize that each time my son relapsed it started with a lie that he told himself like, "I'll just have a few beers" or "one night won't kill me." He finally surrendered when he realized he could not trust his own thinking.
Olivia K When someone uses drugs, it triggers a reward system in the brain by flooding the systems with dopamine. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that helps control the brains reward and pleasure centers. Drugs can alter areas of the brain that are necessary for life-sustaining functions and can drive the compulsive drug abuse that is addiction. With the right treatment, she will be able to learn about her addiction and work on abstinence and healing, in order to live a happy drug-free life.