When people are addicted to control substances, they often seek professional help. They join a drug treatment program designed to rid the body of toxins and increase the chances of long-term sobriety. Within this program, they discuss how confident they feel when they take the drug. This is often because the drug alters the mind; giving you more confidence to cope with the problems of everyday life. On the other hand, the addict also acknowledges the devastating impact that the control substance has had on their life – including the impact to family and friends. Without these treatment programs, it would be much more difficult for some people to stop using these controlled substances. So, how do you cope when there is no professional help and no true diagnoses for your substance abuse?
You may be thinking that there is professional help for all types of substance abuse. Let’s explore whether that’s totally true.
What happens when you are addicted to creamy crack?
The term creamy crack, which defines a relaxer as crack, is a term of endearment for some and used negatively by others. Hence, the correlation to having a drug addiction. When the problem begins to show its ugly head, you may feel the need to communicate with someone. The person that people often talk to initially is their hair stylist. Be careful during this conversation, because this person is actually your pusher (drug supplier). This is analogous to having a discussion with a pusher, explaining to them that you no longer want their product or services. Usually, that conversation doesn’t go very well.
Rarely will the stylist actually give you their blessings. You’re a client that has decided to leave them and they often will say whatever it takes to make you stay – including ridiculous saying like your hair is too nappy and needs creamy crack because it would be totally unmanageable without a relaxer.
These types of conversations are really just a form of peer pressure. Women are being pressured by certain societal groups and media outlets to strive for a specific level of beauty in hair and body type, and if you don’t fit within those parameters then you are not beautiful according to their standards.
If women know that relaxers are bad for them, then why do they continue to relax their hair?
Maybe they relax their hair out of habit and fear of the unknown, but most keep doing it for one simple reason: they are addicted to relaxers and the effect that relaxers have on their hair.
After your hair has been relaxed you are on a high. You have achieved the desired straightness that you wanted and you feel complete. This euphoria comes from having the relaxer and it provides you with a new level of confidence. The painfully burning, scabs and balding spots – which are warning signs of a much bigger problem – are ignored.
A common thread that I’ve noticed is that women who were around women that had relaxed hair, especially at an early age, have a higher propensity to relax their hair and their daughter’s hair – if applicable.
It’s really amazing that some women have been relaxing their hair for decades through the chemical burns, balding spots and other mishaps, yet are still dead set against giving the relaxer up.
So where would one go for rehab? Natural Hair Community provides rehab for naturals who want to stop the relaxer high. The rehab really begins with you making the decision not to relax anymore. Next, you must surround yourself with people who are able to look pass your hair, encourage you and celebrate your real hair and the real you.
These are the first steps to your mental transition and to begin your natural hair journey. Will it work the very first time? It may not. It took two rounds of going natural for me within 10 years before I stuck with it. Now, I’m not looking back.
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