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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.

Ending Drug Cravings

Have you ever found yourself craving something? It’s a feeling that seems to take ahold of your mind, body and actions until you satisfy the urge. For most people, their cravings are somewhat mild and controllable. They may crave caffeine, tobacco, chocolate, shopping even exercise. A person who develops a substance abuse problem will crave their drug of choice. This craving may become physical depending on the substance they have been abusing. For example, a person who regularly takes opiates such as heroin, OxyContin, morphine, codeine, etc. will physically need the substance so that their body does not go through the withdrawal process; a process that is both physically and emotionally painful that can last several days to over a week.

The staff members at Fort Collins New Life Center in Colorado are familiar with drug cravings and how to put an end to them. Using the New Life Detoxification Program they are able to help their clients detoxify and purify their bodies from the harmful substances they have been taking. This process involves a specific protocol of medically supervised exercise, time spent sweating in a dry sauna and scientifically formulated nutritional supplements proven to target and rid the fatty tissues where the stored drug toxins remain. Their detox program has decades of research and documented results that illustrate how successful the process is at eliminating the physical cause of alcohol or drug cravings and relapse.

“I got amazing wins out of the New Life Detoxification Program, both mentally and physically. Physically I feel better than I ever have before. I am energized and my skin and eyes are bright. I’m more aware of my body and overall I just feel great like I did before I started using drugs, but even better. Mentally I am aware and feel happier then I have ever felt before. I can remember things and concentrate; I had great wins in the sauna program!”
H. P.

“The New Life Detoxification Program worked wonders for me. I was looking forward to getting to do the sauna program when I first got here because I knew the drastic changes it would create in me. When I first arrived I had many physical and emotional problems stemming from drug use. I know that without the sauna I could never feel as healthy as I do today.”
H. D.

The Cause of Addiction

The cause of one’s addiction problem varies depending on the individual. Over the years there has been a lot of controversy over the root cause of addiction sighting societal problems, lack of willpower, poverty, moral weakness, anti-social personalities, mental illness, genetics and family socialization. Many people believe that addiction to drugs or alcohol is a disease; however, the minimal scientific evidence to support the disease theory of addiction is weak at best.

The substance a person chooses to use is known to be part of the cause of their addiction. While some substances are not considered very physically or emotionally addictive, others are exceptionally addictive. This is due to the pharmacology of the substance and how it affects the user’s mood when they ingest it. A drug that provides instant gratification is going to become very valuable to the drug user quickly. They know that if they take the substance, (e.g., heroin) they will almost instantly feel better and the problems they are looking to escape from will seemingly go away.

How a person views themselves is also one of the causes of addiction. Research has shown that individuals with low self-esteem or who feel bad about themselves have a higher rate of addiction than a person who thinks well of themselves. A person with low self-esteem will use drugs or alcohol to enhance or create pleasure in their lives or to decrease the emotional turmoil they live with. The ratio of how good an individual feels about themselves directly correlates with how likely they are to use or abuse psychoactive substances. When society as a whole is unclear on what is “acceptable” regarding the use of psychoactive substances, has easy access to drugs and chooses to blame one’s drug or alcohol abuse on genetics or a disease instead of a personal choice the rate of addiction rises.

Lastly, the environment one lives in plays a role in the cause of addiction. Today’s biochemical society sends mixed messages about the use of psychoactive drugs. There are some drugs such as tobacco and alcohol that are accepted and then there are other drugs such as heroin and cocaine deemed “hard drugs” that are not socially acceptable. Movies, T.V. shows, music and other forms of media have glamorized the use of many different substances, continuing to blur the line between what is “normal” and what is going too far when it comes to public intoxication. The more people see the lines blurred when it comes to socially acceptable substance use and intoxication the easier it is for them to view drug use as “normal” and choose to experiment with substance use too.

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.

Drug Detox is Only the First Step

Narconon Fresh Start Drug DetoxificationDrug and alcohol detox is the first step in any comprehensive addition treatment program. No matter what the drug of choice is: alcohol, heroin, cocaine, meth, marijuana, prescription drugs, a combination of several, etc. stopping use and going through the withdrawal process is necessary. The type of detox (non-medical vs. medical) that will be necessary, most effective, and favorable depends on the client’s drug of addiction. The goal for each style of care is the same – physical and mental stabilization.

Narconon Fresh Start has a New Life Detoxification program that clients go through during their time in treatment. This portion of the program removes the drug residuals from the cells of the body, thereby eliminating the urge for drugs on a physical level. This process takes a several weeks, and it will help eliminate the source of the drug or alcohol cravings, so the program participant can focus on finding and confronting the source of his or her problems during the remainder of the program. Some program participants find that as drug residuals are being flushed out of the body they become triggered by them and can experience severe mood swings. But, as time in the sauna program continues, they will start to feel markedly better and improvements will be very noticeable in skin tone, sleep patterns and overall wellbeing.

All research shows that no matter what type of drug detox method one goes through, it is vital that it is followed up by drug addiction treatment. Enrolling in one of Narconon Fresh Start treatment centers addresses the different effects of addiction on the mind, body and spirit. Program participants are able to move past physical dependence and begin to sift through the psychological reasons for their initial addiction issues while learning effective coping skills for handling similar emotional struggles in the future – without turning to alcohol or drugs of any kind.

Hundreds of program participants graduate from our programs every year, becoming productive members of their families, work force and communities. Our program graduates no longer refer to themselves as addicts, are not obligated to attend meetings and are empowered with the knowledge that they have gained in the Narconon Fresh Start program. They have learned much more than how to refrain from drugs and alcohol, they now have the ability to communicate, to be comfortable with themselves, to control themselves, to be honest, to be responsible for their actions, to choose the right friends and to confront and overcome problems. Our program graduates are not only rehabilitated from substance abuse, they are now equipped with the tools necessary to be successful in the many other facets of their life.