It’s a common misconception and I know so many who wanted recovery more than anything and struggled to stay there.
Drug addiction is a complex disease, and quitting usually takes more than good intentions or a strong will because drugs change the structure of the brain in ways that make quitting difficult, even for the most determined.
As with other chronic health conditions, addiction requires ongoing treatment that should be adjusted based on how the person responds. Many in recovery still go to support groups like AA, NA or SMART Recovery years after they’ve maintained sobriety because it is a deadly lifetime disease.
Who becomes addicted and who doesn’t is a game of Russian Roulette. Some of us can take an opiate, for example, and have severe and unpleasant adverse side effects that make us wonder why anyone would ever touch it. The first time I was given OxyContin after brain surgery I suffered nausea and the worst nightmares ever. I wouldn’t touch it after that and I was one of the lucky ones.
When Charles was given an opiate painkiller in the hospital, he felt like a king and experienced amazing euphoria. Age of abuse also plays a part. The younger someone is, the more likely they are to become addicted and the more they struggle with maintaining recovery.