When your brain becomes dependent on drugs or alcohol, the illusion of choice is removed. If they did just stop when you asked them to, their body would rebel; they would go into painful withdrawals. Symptoms of withdrawal would cause a person to vomit, have hallucinations of bugs crawling under their skin, and they may become suicidal because the brain chemistry is corrupted and off.
Organ failure can also occur, depending on the drug of choice, and some may also have convulsions or seizures. This bodily function breakdown has made even the strongest of parents or loved one’s cave in and give them money for their drug of choice.
No one wants, or likes, to see their loved one suffer, because they are trying to quit cold turkey. This is why we highly encourage going into a detox facility or to detox at the hospital. Many people struggle with withdrawals and each time, they cave to their brain telling them to seek out their drug of choice at any and all cost.
A part of them feels defeated and hopeless, and no matter their efforts, the need for the substance calls them back.