If you’re on a mission to end the plight of drug addiction, you might want to read up on how addiction is manifested in the brain and cemented in such a way which creates physical and psychological dependencies. You may not be surprised to learn the way one consumes an addictive substance has a massive impact on his chances of becoming dependent on it. When we think about drug addiction, I’m not sure one of the first things which comes to mind is the manner in which the substance is taken: snorted, injected, smoked, or drowned down in pill form- it’s all the same, right?
Our brains process addictive substances at different rates depending upon how they are consumed. Meaning, when you smoke a blunt your body is subjected to the effects of the substance much faster when compared to consuming a pill. But why, if you take a drug doesn’t it have the same effects? Well, yes and no.
When we refer to addiction as a disease, it’s because the deterioration of the brain and critical biological functions are directly affected by a psychological condition, with strong physical components. The crucial gem of addiction is the brain, and how it is inhibited from functioning on its own after the introduction of addictive substances.
Drugs process in the body differently depending upon how they’re taken, and this directly affects the amount of addictive substances in the brain- which is where addiction is established. Continued substance abuse eventually changes the biology of your brain, and when this process is sped up by injecting, smoking, or snorting an addictive substance, the brain is affected much earlier, and thus morphs to become addicted.
What does it mean to be addicted?
When the body and psyche cannot function normally without the presence of a substance it has become dependent upon to regulate normal behavior.
When addictive substances fluctuate wildly, and quickly, the brain goes into a type of shell shock, and is adversely affected by the introduction of harmful chemicals. New-Medical says, “Studies show that how fast a drug reaches the brain and how often brain levels rise and fall are critical to the development of drug addiction.” So does that mean you should start finding short cuts to not wildly affect your brain? Not quite.
The brain is still influenced by addictive substances which are slower acting, so although chronic addiction may be slower to form, it is inevitable. Our advice? Stop altogether! We know this is definitely easier said than done, but the more you know the easier it is to make smart decisions about lessening your chances of addiction.
Conversely, if you’re weaning off of an addictive substance, changing the way you consume it may help to allay the condition. Although, getting help through an inpatient medical detox program is always recommended, and is by far the safest means to begin recovery without complication.