Rehab in NJ is rife with similar but unique stories of people’s first experience with drug use. Regardless of background, creed, ethnicity, religious preference (or lack thereof), income and class, sex and sexual preference, you name it, substance use disorder is not choosy about whom it affects just as a car wreck doesn’t care who is in the car when it results in injuring a person inside. If you’re inside the car, you risk injury when in a collision. However, a lot of people that go through New Jersey detox share a story of intending to just ‘try’ a drug only to wake up one day down the line and find that there was never going to be ‘just one time’.
Whether someone is pushed into a situation where they let their guard down and make potentially negative decisions, (which don’t always include trying a substance but can include running away from problems physically, straining friendships and family bonds out of fear, anger or stress, to simply deciding to not get out of bed or worse, attempting suicide), or whether under innocent circumstances of just wanting to ‘experience’ what it’s like to try a substance, many drugs don’t take long to change the neurobiology of the user into developing a dependence on it. One of the more talked about substances in this category is opioids like oxycodone, often found at ‘pill parties’.
Many people who experience the highs of opioids find that once they come down, they feel further down than when they started, which is part of the neurobiological change. It’s the same feeling in a physical and mental form as the existential feeling of making, say, $4000 one month but only $2000 dollars the next month, even though your average previously was $1700 a month. The feeling highlights the differences between the high and the low, making the low feel depressive and uncomfortable despite it being completely negligible and manageable prior to using the drug and is often enough to change behavior to seek out another use.
Many people within the treatment community believe it only takes a week of taking prescription opioids to develop an addiction in many people, making it highly dangerous for those who don’t realize what is happening to their mind and body when ingesting them. Drugs like cocaine/crack have similar effects. A comedian who battled with cocaine use once said, “Cocaine made you feel like you wanted to do more cocaine”, which is a sentiment echoed by others who have undergone cocaine use disorder in addiction treatment centers in New Jersey.
One of the best ways of avoiding addiction is understanding the risks involved with the drug being used before using, so that if a use disorder develops, it can be tackled sooner rather than later. It’s easier to get effective treatment if you’ve only been using for a month or two than a decade or two and have very little of your original self left.
No matter what the circumstances of finding yourself with substance use disorder, calling a treatment center is still the best way to take back control. Call Discovery Institute at 844-478-6563 for options.