What If I Don’t Want to Stop Using Drugs?

Drug addiction changes a person’s thoughts, desires and needs and makes drugs the focus of any user’s attention. This psychological addiction requires treatment, but often the addict simply doesn’t want to get well or can’t find the motivation to take action and get help to stop using.

Hitting Rock Bottom as a Reason to Quit Using Drugs

Many addicts have to hit rock bottom, before they will want to be free from drug use. Rock bottom is different for every user, but it may involve experiencing such consequences as the following:

  • Broken relationships
  • Loss of employment
  • Failure in school
  • Arrest and legal problems
  • Deteriorating physical health
  • Financial distress
  • Overdose

At some point most addicts have a moment of clarity about their situation. This clear and true view of addiction and its effects may lead users to reach out for help from friends, family members or professionals. You may not want to stop using drugs right now, but you don’t want to wait for something bad to happen before you do. As the disease of addiction progresses, you will realize that it is controlling and limiting your life. The longer you wait to get clean the harder and more dangerous it will be.

Benefits of Quitting Drug Use

Though an addict can think of every possible reason not to get clean, there are almost more benefits of quitting drugs than can be listed. The following are a few of many benefits to ending drug use:

  • Restored self-respect and optimism for the future
  • Reconciled relationships
  • Freedom from the fear of getting caught
  • Improved mental function, emotional response and memory
  • Greatly increased financial health
  • Healthy new relationships that may last a lifetime

Overcoming Psychological Drug Addiction

Psychological addiction impacts your ability to want the right things. Addicts will eventually choose drugs over friends, spouses, careers, passions and hobbies. If you wait until you want to quit, you probably never will. The most effective addiction recovery programs offer a customized combination of therapeutic techniques, and they will include motivational therapy and encouragement to get and stay sober.

Don’t Wait until You Are “Ready;” Get Addiction Help Today

Addiction controls emotions, memory and impulses. Don’t wait for your feelings to lead you to sobriety. Call our toll-free helpline today, and let our counselors answer your questions and connect you with the best recovery resources available. You will not regret putting drug use behind you. Call today, even if you aren’t sure you are ready.