Drug and Alcohol Addiction are NOT Voluntary Behaviors

While a person’s choice to try drugs or alcohol was initially a voluntary choice, their progression into full-fledged addiction goes beyond their personal decision. No drug abuser has ever thought to themselves that they would like to become an addict; it is a process that happens overtime often without the user’s awareness of what is happening to them.

As a drug or alcohol abuser continues to use their body becomes accustomed to having the substance present at all times. Their brain also begins to rely on the substance to feel “normal” and function properly. This progression is not something that the user has control over. They are often blind to the changes taking place in their body and mind; to the drug or alcohol user their continued drug use is a way to solve whatever problem in their life they are looking to escape from.

When they attempt to decrease the amount they use, or stop using all together they will experience withdrawal symptoms. Some substances such as alcohol, heroin and other opioids cause the person to become physically addicted to the substance, thereby causing them physical withdrawal symptoms when they stop taking it. Their body calls out to them through the pain, letting them know that if they were just to take the drug or drink they would put an end to their physical suffering…for now at least. This cycle goes on and on, dragging the addicted person deeper into the downward spiral of addiction.

Drug rehab programs such as Narconon Fresh Start’s network of treatment centers are able to address not only the client’s physical addiction problem, but the underlying issues that drove the individual to abuse the substance in the first place. Through their entirely drug-free program, clients become students learning invaluable life lessons about communication, intrapersonal skills and stress management. Each client works at their own pace through the drug rehab program and is never rushed to complete any portion of treatment in a pre-specified period of time. This is because true recovery takes as long as it takes and cannot be rushed. While the majority of program participants complete the Narconon Fresh Start drug rehab program in an average of three months, those who need longer to progress through the program have the ability to do so.

3 thoughts on “Drug and Alcohol Addiction are NOT Voluntary Behaviors”

  1. Thank you for the compliment. I like to share it with others in hoping to inspire others who want to get their life back from the addiction that has overtaken them. I wrote my full story on my blog under “My Personal struggles with Addiction”. I hope you can check it our and tell me what you think about it. Again Thank you for the support.

  2. What an inspirational story! Thank you so much for sharing. I couldn’t agree more; quitting takes hard work, determination and strong willpower. For most addicts, it also means finding a drug rehab program that meets their needs and addresses both the physical aspects of addiction as well as the underlying issues that drove the person to use. Congratulations on your continued sobriety!

  3. I was heavily addicted to crack cocaine for over 10 years of my life. I also dabbled in shooting dope and coke as well taking any pill that got me off. During this time I was incarcerated a few times for various things such as child support and violations of probation. At times I would spend six or months in jail. During that time I dried out, but never came clean. Almost every time I got released from jail I smoked almost immediately. I could not stop for anything. During my last year I was out of control and felt like I was high 24/7. I woke up, spent the day and fell asleep smoking crack, and occasionally getting a shot of dope or coke in me. By the end of 2007 I was at the bottom of hell, i lost everything dear in my life. I thought of quitting many times during this year. And on new years eve i lost it and quit cold turkey. It was hard at first and isolated myself with no treatment at all. I went to jail a little time later, then seeked out treatment and have been 100% clean ever since.
    My point is that rehab, and other forms of counseling and medications can help you quit. But the strongest medicine you can have is a total willpower and drive to quit. I am an example of this kind of success.

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