What is Drug Addiction?

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Perhaps it’s best to talk about what it is not…

  • it’s not an ‘incurable disease’
  • it is not impossible to get over
  • it is not something a person would choose for themselves
  • it does not make a person ‘better’
  • it is not a short-cut to happiness
  • it is not the solution to a problem
  • it does not make one successful
  • it does not make one interesting to others
  • it is not “an easier way out”
  • it is not exciting
  • it is not cool

But it is…

  • destructive to the addict and their family
  • constantly getting worse (yes, it is)
  • a behaviour
  • taking the person’s self esteem away from them
  • making the addict unable to truly experience happiness
  • making the addict less intelligent
  • making a liar out of the addict
  • eroding the social skills of the addict
  • causing many unwanted symptoms – usually wrongly diagnosed with ‘psycho-speak’ – such as depression and paranoia
  • putting the addict out of  real communication with his/her environment, the family and true friends
  • introverting the addict
  • causing the addict to loose control of his/her life
  • taking away the addicts ethics and any personal moral code
  • making the addict susceptible to those who would give him/her more drugs
  • …among many other worse things.

Lets get real!…

What Do Drug and Alcohol Addicts DO?

Most drug and alcohol dependent people tend to withdraw from family, friends and loved ones. They lose their ability to communicate and relate to people around them.

Addicts tend to think and focus their attention inward on problems, discomforts or self perceived emotional disabilities. Drying a person out alone does not correct this situation for the users. In fact, once individuals are taken off the drugs or alcohol they can find it even harder to relate and communicate with people than when they were using; and this can cause set-backs.

The Major Barriers to Recovering From Drug Addiction

The first major barrier that one encounters when starting the rehab process is the physical and mental craving for drugs and alcohol that can distract and completely overwhelm the individual from recovery.  There is a biophysical condition that triggers cravings that can re-occur repeatedly, long after a person withdraws and “dries out” from drugs or alcohol.

The drug metabolites that remain in the body act as a physical reminder of drugs or alcohol taken in the past. These can also stimulate memories of feelings related to past drug or alcohol use. This is the origin and physical mechanics of drug and alcohol cravings.

“Drug and alcohol usage tend to make one mentally dull and impair a persons ability to comprehend information, or study. “

Communicating With the Drug Addict

Addiction also greatly impairs the ability to communicate effectively and to use communication as a tool to identify and solve problems in their environment. Without focus, and the ability to relate to the environment, addicts lose their self control. This is followed by a lowering of self esteem and a lethargic state of mind. As a result, to some degree they disconnect mentally from the present.

Drug and alcohol abuse affects an individual’s ability to focus on goals
and objectives long enough to accomplish them.

Part of the lifestyle that develops during the addiction process is the tendency on the part of the addict to develop some anti-social behavior. These individuals are, in most cases, good people to start with. However, because of the misconduct associated with drug and alcohol addiction, they begin to develop negative attitudes toward themselves and then people they know and love. They also sometimes become aggressive towards the authority figures in their lives.

The Negative Attitudes of a Drug Addict Explained

As these negative attitudes develop, addicts will pull away from the “good honest people” in their lives. They begin instead to associate with the negative-type people who are in favor of, or in agreement with, the lifestyle of drug or alcohol addiction.

Unethical behavior and repeated misconduct go part and parcel with an addicted life style.

Addicts become trapped in committing transgressions against people in their lives and against society at large. They get into the vicious circle of committing transgressions in an attempt to hide or continue their drug or alcohol use. This then puts them in situations where further transgressions are committed in an attempt to solve the problems that their earlier transgressions have created.

As this cycle continues, these individuals begin to individuate from the people in their lives who love and care about them and may become antagonistic toward them. They hurt the people they love most, and as a consequence they become ridden with guilt. This in turn makes them so uncomfortable they will use more drugs or drink in an attempt to cover up or medicate away these negative feelings.

That’s the bad news.  Now for the good!…

There is a detoxification program that addresses the physical aspect of addiction.  This assists the the body in breaking down and eliminating the stored drug and alcohol metabolites which cause the addict to go back and use drugs again and again.  After many ‘traditional’ rehab tries the addict begins to use again.  They need to rid their bodies of the drug residues, that can last for years, and make them use again.  Once thisis done, there are other components to the program.

There are exercises that can be done to restore a persons ability to focus, to learn and to communicate effectively.  This assists the addict to view things more clearly and allows them to take responsibility to change and re-gain control of their lives.  They can break the pattern of their previous behaviour.

Always remember, the addict was basically a good person to start with.  They have developed anti-social behaviour as a result of drug use.   There are courses that teach a person to identify social behaviour and to learn the characteristics of others who will help them, not drag them into a drug related life.

They can also re-gain their personal values, and their integrity and ethics.  They can get over the guilt they have had; conquer depression; and identify their misdeeds so that they do not have to be affected by these unwanted situations in their lives …ever again.

“There are simple formulas that can be applied to situations in life that will preserve those things that are positive and going well, while repairing any areas that are damaged. “

The addict learns to use new life-skill tools, replacing all the negative nothingness of the drug fog and the guilt feelings… with real and valuable information on how to live a social and straight, drug-free life.

In the end, the person will no longer be an addict.

They will have the tools to live life well and with success; the person will have a common sense moral code and be HAPPY.

All of this is actually possible with the right rehab program. For more information or inquiries call us 888.997.3889 or  email us here.