Four Steps in the Cycle of Drug Addiction

Red Ribbon Week assembly programs provide a great opportunity to discuss the four steps in the Cycle of Drug Addiction. The cycle is made up of four steps being, a trigger, discovering something is wrong, trying harder and failure.
The two basic categories of a trigger are defined as using drugs for a “high” and using drugs to stop feeling. When a person starts using drugs to get high, they are trying to intensify feelings of confidence, happiness and exhilaration. The person is looking for the thrill that accompanies a rush of adrenaline and “feel good” hormones through their bodies.
The second category of triggers is when a person is trying to suppress their own feelings. This is usually an indication that the person is experiencing feelings of hurt. The use of drugs will suppress these feelings of hurt and enhance feelings to make them feel better. These differences should be clearly highlighted in the Red Ribbon Week assembly.
At some point the youth will realize that there is something wrong with their behavior. This is the second stage in the Cycle of Drug Addiction, which should be highlighted in Red Ribbon Week assemblies. At this point, the youth using the drug will usually seek help to stop or stop by themselves. Others will move on to the third stage.
Once the youths reach this third stage, it is a clear indication that a professional is needed to help them stop. The youth will keep saying they will “try harder to stop,” but most will not achieve this. The last step in the cycle is failure. The more the youth fails to stop, the worse they feel and more drugs they will probably use to try and feel better.
Highlighting these steps in the Cycle of Drug Addiction will help youth’s understand how drug abuse starts as well as why it is important to avoid drug related situations.

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