The first time I had a headache,
I didn’t want to be bothered in finding out,
why I had a headache,
so I took an aspirin.
The second time I got a headache,
instead of finding out,
why I was still getting headaches,
I became annoyed
and I took something stronger.
The third time I got a headache,
instead of taking an ibuprofen,
I took a pain killer and became addicted.
Now, my life has been turned upside down
and I have to take medicine to cure me
from this addiction,
when all I had to do in the beginning
was change my lifestyle
and my little headache
would have dissipated.
Oh how I wish,
I still had that annoying headache,
instead of this blood thirsty addiction
that’s killing me.
By: ElRoyPoet © 2021
Notes: The addict remembers the positive experiences associated with the drug or activity, and in times of stress this motivates the individual to take the substance or repeat the behavior. Ironically, his family remembers the negative experiences, the suffering, and the fear that the abuse will never stop.
“You often hear that pot leads to harder drugs. But I think alcohol is what leads you to everything, because it takes away the fear. The worst drug experimentation, I ever did was because I was drunk, and didn’t care.” By: Chris Cornell, Frontman for the Soundgarden Rock Band (1964-2017)
Addicts want something after they have ceased liking it, even if they realize it’s harmful effects. Addicts tell their doctors: “I hate this drug and it doesn’t even give me much of a high anymore. It is just that somehow it seems like I can’t be without it. And I keep hoping that my next high will be a good one, like my mind remembers, it was in the beginning!”
The brain is tricking the addict. The reason the high was so good in the beginning, was because it was medicine for whatever illness was afflicting the subject (stress, anxiety, depression). Now he has a different condition (addiction) and consequently a different therapy is required.