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Substance abuse, also known as drug abuse, is a patterned use of a drug in which the user consumes the substance in amounts or with methods which are harmful to themselves or others, and is a form of substance-related disorder.
Most parents are grappling with this serious issue which has found favour in youth. Possibilities of why children get used to drugs and alcoholism is due to the type of parenting. Parents are sometimes overtly strict or conveniently generous. Every parent and caregiver has an all important task and duty to keep a watchful eye on children and how they react.
It follows that what addicts are looking for is to be relieved of feelings of meaninglessness, to transcend the suffering self, to lose self-awareness and to get a sense of connection to others and something outside of themselves that matters.
In other words: addicts are trying to open the right door, they’re simply using the wrong key.
What could be done to remove the addiction? You have got to pull the weeds out by the root if you want to do that. You’ve got to address the unmet needs that lead to the addiction in the first place.
For example:
Let’s say a therapist decides to treat alcoholism or drug with a period of abstinence. It sounds like a good idea, but the question is what the addict is getting in return for his addiction. Because taking away a means that alleviates the burden of self-awareness and feelings of meaninglessness without giving the addict anything in return is simply a bad deal. Why would one take such a deal?
Addiction recovery should involve more than taking away what is “bad." It should focus on building something potent and positive to satisfy the unmet needs that caused the drug use, such as:
  • Connection to other people
  • Positive affect
  • Hope
  • Autonomy
  • Meaningful experiences
  • Reduced suffering (mentally or physically)
  • Reduced self-awareness
  • To be a part of something bigger than themselves
There is always hope, as such, be positive in dealing with such issues.
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