VA Rehab Centers and the Typical Addict Story
When this former patient was 14 years old he drank for the first time. This experience would be the beginning of a new way of life. The young teen quickly fell prey to the evils of alcohol. Most would argue that experimenting is a part of growing up but when alcohol becomes a priority for a child in their developing years then he or she is sure to take a big hit on their well-being.
It is almost predictable with what will happen to those who at a young age allow drinking to be the main focus on one’s life. Drinking usually starts out as once a week thing or even once a month. Then before they know it drinking occurs whenever possible. The next phase is a change in attitude. Parents or teachers usually are the first ones to notice this change. Maybe a slip in grades or lack of effort towards basic things that used to be a “given”. For instance, cleaning a bedroom, waking up on time or taking care of one’s appearance.
Other things begin to change as well. A child’s behavior becomes more risky. They begin to push the limits and have a belief that they are invincible. This feeling might also push them to try other substances. My former patient indicated that he never would have tried marijuana or cocaine but that the alcohol buzz gave him the courage to do something that normally in his right mind he never would have done. Later on in his years of abuse this would also be true for trying heroin for the first time.
So how does one break these forms of addiction? VA Rehab Centers and other forms of treatment can be the catalyst to doing so. One recent article demonstrates the deadly nature of a disease if left untreated. This is why it is so necessary to seek professional help. A person can ensure living a much more productive life by doing this. Then, and only then, will the days of risk taking be over and a new way of life will begin.