What Is Addiction

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     What Is AddictionWith so many treatment options available and countless theories floating around about addiction, it can be confusing and overwhelming when first entering the field.

    Whether you are an addict, or merely a citizen of this country so deeply embroiled in substance abuse, it is important that we all become educated and aware enough to help those who desperately need help.

    But many don’t even know what addiction is….

    Heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, marijuana, alcohol, ecstasy, synthetic drugs (Smiles, K2, Spice, Bath Salts, etc.) and prescription drugs all have infiltrated the various demographics of United States’ education and industry. Today, it is considered rare and unusual to find a high school student who has not tried drugs or alcohol, or who knows someone who has. Further, teens abuse and deal drugs and alcohol during the school day and even on school property.

    Prescription drug abuse has become America’s fastest-growing addiction problem. Each year, millions of Americans (both youth and adults) are prescribed stimulant, anti-psychotic and pain-numbing prescription pharmaceuticals that are overwhelming to the body and rapidly addictive. This makes for staggering trends in curious teens who seek a high through abuse of their medications, and unsuspecting adults made pharmaceutically dependent.

    Scientifically speaking, the body and brain become dependent upon all substances and even learn to tolerate these substances. Coffee is a simple example of this. One might start out with one cup in the morning, and gradually come to need 3 or 4 cups per day. Similarly, street drugs, alcohol and prescription drugs respond the same way.

    There are many schools of thought regarding addiction. Some say that it is a disease passed down from generation to generation. Others fell that it stems from mental illness and can be treated with drugs. While these “schools of thought” have been used for years, they often fall short; especially when the treatment for the problem involves more of what is destroying the person – drugs.

    The Definition Of Addiction

    Addiction, very simply, is a life cycle that begins with a problem, discomfort or unwanted feeling that one feels he can handle by using drug or alcohol. Drugs are given much value in this fashion and if they work the first, second, or third time of use one will continue their use. This is how the lifecycle begins.

    The problem continues and the individual uses the drugs to self-medicate. During this time his life will begin to deteriorate. He later finds himself addicted and unable to quit. This is where the real trouble begins.

    At this point, because drugs do store in the body, it becomes impossible to stop using. The mental effects of depression, anxiety and sadness compound this. The addict ends up with three choice: prison, rehab or death. Of those, rehabilitation is the “life vest” needed to save himself from this downward spiral.

    There are many different ways to tackle addiction. Programs exist for nearly every demographic—gay and lesbian drug treatment, Christian programs, secular drug and alcohol treatment, etc. Further, programs vary in terms of content and length depending on what you are looking for.

    Aspects Of Addiction Treatment

    In determining a program for yourself or a loved one, pay attention most importantly to the following aspects of the drug rehab program:

    1.    Length of care in a facility.
    Most addictions do not form overnight. As such, most experts agree that it is unwise to enroll in a short-term or even outpatient program that doesn’t offer thorough and comprehensive support. Residential (inpatient) care facilities tend to be longer-termed, meaning that addicts can get away for up to 3 months and last even longer.

    2.    Treatment that recognizes and handles all aspects of addiction.
    Many addiction treatment centers simply do not have the resources to offer
    individualized care to everyone on the program. However this is something that all clients need to handle the mental and emotional issues associated with substance abuse. A solution to stop physical drug cravings is also key to resolving the problem.

    The Narconon Program provides a unique, alternative and drug-free alternative approach to substance abuse and addiction.

    Prolonged use of any substance (marijuana, cocaine, heroin, Adderall, Hydrocodone, etc.) produces a need for larger and larger doses. Eventually, cessation of such substances will actually produce withdrawal symptoms like cravings, fatigue, irritability, aches/pains, nausea, vomiting, anxiety, depression, etc. This physical dependency makes for a strong foundation and is the springboard of addiction itself. Because of this, Narconon offers a physical form of treatment that tackles addiction on a cellular level through a sauna detox called the New Life Detoxification Program.

    Through cleansing the body of drug and alcohol residuals, addicts are given a fresh start both mentally and physically with which to tackle the rest of the treatment program.

    The Narconon program also includes cognitive therapy, responsibility-driven program elements and life skills courses in: communication, planning and organization, self-control, integrity, ethics and honesty.

    Click here for more information on Narconon.

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