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The Addictive Personality

Have you been told that you or someone you care about has an “addictive personality”? Perhaps a member of your family is struggling with an addiction problem and you’ve heard that it may be caused by their “genetics”. With so many questions about the origin of a person’s addiction problem many people take on a defeatist point of view and choose to do nothing about their dependence issues since it is supposedly “in their genes” or a “disease” that has no cure.

The current definition for the term addictive personality is: “one which is characterized by or susceptible to addiction”. What makes a person “susceptible to addiction”? For a proper understanding of why one individual would be more susceptible to addiction than another we must first realize that all drugs (this includes alcohol!) have one element in common, they are all basically pain killers. All drugs work to kill the physical and emotional pain a person is experiencing, numbing them and becoming a crutch to lean on instead of handling the problem at hand.

A person who becomes addicted to prescription pain medicine was trying to numb their physical pain, a young person who is bored may experiment with drugs to numb their mental and emotional discomfort, someone in a difficult relationship may turn to alcohol or other drugs to relieve their stress and change how they feel. When you look at substance use from this point of view, everyone is “susceptible to addiction”.

Today, false information is another reason why more and more people (young and old) are developing addiction problems. The media would have us believe that just about everything can be “fixed” by taking a pill. Children who are considered too active and unable to focus are given medications to subdue their impulses (whereas previously parents would have ensured their child got enough exercise and waited for them to mature instead of medicating them with toxic chemicals), a person with a headache takes a pill instead of addressing the root cause of their physical discomfort, in a bad mood – take a pill to cheer up, feeling shy – take a drink for a little “social lubricant”. Unfortunately, many people use substances that are prescribed and touted as “safe” to solve their problems believing that they will not suffer any ill side effects (i.e. substance abuse, substance addiction and withdrawal symptoms).

As they continue to rely on these substances their body and mind develops an attachment to them and will cry out if they attempt to stop using. This is known as a drug craving and is a key component of the drug personality. Cravings for drugs or alcohol stem from drug residues, toxins and metabolites accumulated and stored in the person’s fatty tissue. Science has proven that when the individual experiences a time of stress, physical activity, weight loss, etc. these drug toxins are released back into their blood stream triggering physical cravings. This sets in motion the recovering person’s strong desire to use and propels them into a relapse.

Narconon Fresh Start drug rehab programs dispel the myth of the “addictive personality”. Through the use of the New Life Detoxification program, clients are able to effectively eliminate their physical cravings by flushing them out. The detox protocol offered successfully removes all types of substances, everything from cocaine, heroin, Xanax, PCP, amphetamines, crank, crystal meth, methamphetamine, ecstasy, alcohol and medicinal drugs such as narcotic painkillers, tranquilizers to sleeping pills.

Narconon Fresh Start’s detoxification and body purification program consists of a protocol of medically supervised exercise, combined with dry sauna therapy and scientifically formulated nutritional supplements targeted to rid the fatty tissues of the stored drug metabolites, eliminating the physical cause of cravings and relapse. Program participants see benefits from the New Life Detoxification Program within just a few days to a week. Clients regain color back in their face, have brighter and clearer eyes, increased energy and are sleeping better at night. Program participants who struggle with emotional stability find their mood swings subside, decreased feelings of depression, lowered anxiety, a general feeling of being more centered and balanced and overall feeling more like themselves as a sober person than they have up unto that point in their recovery. Narconon Fresh Start includes life skills courses that give the recovering individual the ability to face life, with its joys and pain without escaping to drugs or alcohol. When the program is complete, the recovered individual if fully prepared to live a drug-free life.

Physical Cravings for Drugs and/or Alcohol

A person who uses drugs or alcohol day in and day out for an extended period of time almost always develops an addiction to the substance. Their body and mind become conditioned to having the substance present and when it isn’t there their body and mind go into withdrawal. Most people, including drug rehab centers believe that when the individual’s “active withdrawal” symptoms are through (flu like symptoms, anxiety, sleep issues, mood swings, etc.) the person is “detoxed”. This couldn’t be further from the truth. From the moment the individual stops using they will likely have 60 to 90 days of drug or alcohol using thoughts, urges, cravings, dreams and compulsions. The good news is that with time, the person’s mind and body will return to that of a drug-free individual. However, many people in recovery or who have recently completed rehab have a difficult time getting to the 60 or 90 day point without giving into their cravings.

There is a second part to a person’s physical cravings for drugs and/or alcohol that stems from the damage their organs have been through. The damaged organs of the addicted person are unable to breakdown and process the substances effectively and end up depositing the impurities and toxins from the drugs and alcohol into their liver and kidneys. Most people are familiar with the damage alcoholism does to a person’s liver (cirrhosis of the liver) yet, they overlook the fact that the liver and other organs have stopped functioning normally long before cirrhosis sets in. This goes for the damage other drugs cause the user’s liver, kidneys and vital organs. Drugs such as Crystal Meth, Opiates, Benzodiazepines, Cocaine, Crack, Pain Killers, Marijuana, Sedatives, Tranquilizers and Hallucinogens are also toxic and cause liver and kidney damage.

Narconon Fresh Start and their network of drug rehab programs address their client’s physical cravings for drugs and alcohol through the New Life Detoxification Program. This body cleansing and purification program has helped countless recovering addicts as well as rescue workers including firefighters, paramedics, police officers and sanitation workers who were working to save lives on September 11, 2001. The New Life Detoxification Program flushes out drug metabolites (and other harmful toxins) from the participant’s fatty tissue. If left behind, the remaining drug metabolites can cause drug cravings, depression and a host of other physical and emotional stressors when they become dislodged and are released into the person’s blood stream. This process is a cornerstone of the Narconon Fresh Start drug rehab program and is considered to be the key factor in our clients having such a low relapse rate. The Narconon Fresh Start program has a very high success rate of total and lasting rehabilitation. The program has been helping clients get off drugs or alcohol and regain their lives for over 45 years.

“When I started the New Life Detoxification Program my body and my mind was so cluttered from thirty-five years of drug use and exposure to numerous toxins. The whole experience has been something I’ll never forget. I feel so much better; it’s hard to put it into words! I’ve haven’t felt this healthy in a long time. I realize this is just the beginning of the drug-free life I’ve only dreamed of.”
G. A.

“I’m happy to complete the New Life Detoxification Program. It feels like I have a new clean body and mind. I’ve rid my body of all the damaging drugs I have put in it and that leaves me feeling like a new person.”
E. B.

“The sauna part (New Life Detoxification Program) of this program (Narconon Fresh Start) is all it’s supposed to be. I have cleared all the toxins from my body. I thought it was hot in the box; however, I learned to mentally block out the heat and focus on my thoughts. I have also learned to work and function on a schedule. The sauna supervisor was a good friend and did a great job, I had a good time.”
D. R.