It can take a long time for an addict to recognize that they have a problem even after years of abuse. The power of denial can be so strong that they may not even quit after experiencing some serious consequences.
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Adolescence is the period of time when children under the age of 18 are most likely to start experimenting with drugs or alcohol. Although parents may encourage young teens to stay sober, it may be hard for them to avoid temptation in their social environment.
Many of the elements of an addiction treatment program focus on looking inwards to learn more about oneself. Therefore, when you undergo a treatment programs, you typically learn important truths about yourself, and life.
Drug and alcohol addiction goes hand and hand with dishonesty. A person who abuses or is addicted to drugs and alcohol typically lies to others -- and him- or herself -- about the addiction, certain feelings, and much more.
Addiction is a complex problem of physical and psychological dependence that seems to affect only certain individuals who are vulnerable. For many people who are not vulnerable to addiction, it is possible for them to have minimal contact with drugs or alcohol without losing control and being unable to stop.