Drug and Alcohol Addiction Explained

Drug and alcohol addiction can be explained by examining the root causes for a person’s addiction issues. Many times, a person will develop an addiction problem over a period of time because they are attempting to avoid facing some issues in their life, attempting to numb a particular discomfort (this can be physical or psychological), looking to escape from their feelings (boredom, depression, unhappiness, hopelessness, etc.). These individuals choose to use drugs or alcohol because they feel that they are unable to handle or fix the issues on their own and have not developed the interpersonal skills to handle these difficult situations.

When a person first experiences the feeling of being on a drug or drinking alcohol and they enjoy how they feel they will do their best to recreate those feelings over and over again. To them, the substance seems to have solved their issue because they now feel better and seem able to handle life. This is when the substances they are abusing become more and more valuable to them because they appear to be an effective way to feel better. Unfortunately for the user, drugs and alcohol only give the illusion of solving their problems. While the painkilling effect or the numbing sensation that the person experiences is an easy and nearly instantaneous solution for their pain and discomfort, it will quickly spiral out of control causing added problems to their life. When the individual continually chooses drugs and alcohol to handle their problems and issues it is only a matter of time before they become physically addicted, emotionally addicted or both physically and emotionally dependent on the substance.

As they continue to descend into their addiction they find that it takes more and more of the substance to numb them, get them high or just to feel normal and be able to function at all. It is not uncommon for addicts to suffer from severe guilt and symptoms of depression because of their substance use which in turn makes them feel the urge to use more drugs or drink more to cover those feelings as well. Eventually, the addicted individual will begin to sacrifice their personal integrity, their relationships with their loved ones, their finances and anything else they have so that they can support their habit. The characteristics of a person struggling with addiction issues include:

  • Dishonesty
  • Isolates self
  • Lies to family, friends, employers
  • May appear chronically depressed
  • May begin stealing from family and friends
  • Mood swings
  • Unable to finish projects
  • Unexpressed resentment and secret hatreds
  • Unreliable
  • Withdraws from those who love them

A person who is struggling with an addiction problem may be able to stop on their own depending on the severity of their issues and the substance they are dependent on. Often, before an individual chooses to enter treatment they have numerous failed attempts at sobriety on their own. Some people have attended multiple rehab programs and not found lasting sobriety. Narconon Fresh Start is a network of highly successful drug-free rehab programs with a very high success rate and a written guarantee for their graduates. The Narconon Fresh Start programs are not just another run-of-the-mill rehab that believes addiction is a lifelong disease and churns out individuals who are not fully rehabilitated and need additional support and care. Graduates of Narconon Fresh Start leave as fully recovered individuals who do not need to attend meetings or take supplemental drugs to maintain their sobriety. A person who completes the Narconon Fresh Start program is able to stand on their own two feet and handle life straight on because they have all the interpersonal life skills and techniques they need to take care of any and all issues that arise. They are addressed their addiction problem as well as the underlying issues that drove them to choose drugs or alcohol as a solution.

If for any reason during the first six months after graduation from the program the recovered individual feels that additional help is needed to maintain their sobriety they are welcome to return free of charge for an advanced treatment review program. This free advanced treatment review program does not include the price of airfare or the price of a medical detox, which is the responsibility of the review program participant. Medical detox is not always necessary, but may be required in the rare case that the client has been using the amount or type of drugs or alcohol that may require a medical detox before beginning the advanced treatment review process. Having such a guarantee of service and recovery is unheard of in the field of drug and alcohol addiction recovery. Narconon Fresh Start is so sure of their ability to help you or your loved one that they stand behind their decades of successful results.

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