The Solution to Addiction
The first step in handling addiction is correctly understanding the nature of the problem.
Some highly placed people in the government or in the addiction recovery field will tell you that addiction is a disease. The problem with that classification is that addiction treatment programs based on this definition typically state their results in a range between 5% and 20%. Most of them now agree that “relapse is part of the disease.” Fortunately, not every addiction treatment facility takes this viewpoint.
Addiction is a condition characterized by repeated, compulsive seeking and use of drugs, alcohol or other similar substances despite adverse social, mental and physical consequences. It is usually accompanied by psychological and physical dependence on the abused substance and the appearance of withdrawal symptoms when the additive substance is rapidly decreased or terminated.
When addiction is classified with diseases such as diabetes or heart
disease, the logical form of addiction treatment is medication to
control the illness.
The problem with these medications is that they
are, themselves, addictive. Add to that the fact that when an addict
goes through addiction treatment that uses drugs to treat the addiction
to drugs, the addiction does not learn to build a self-reliant,
drug-free life. These addiction treatment medications also add more
toxins to a body that has already been overloaded with poisons, instead
of reducing the toxic load.
Addiction treatment should start with withdrawing the addict from their
preferred drug thoroughly and humanely. Excruciating pains and nausea
can be alleviated with sufficient nutrition and calming physical
techniques. It is common for addicts to refuse to face addiction
treatment because of the agony of withdrawal. They should know that it
is possible to overcome this barrier without major discomfort.
Many forms of addiction treatment endeavor to create a positive moral
change in an addict. This approach is used in Twelve Step program,
therapeutic communities, group counseling and many other types of
approaches. This approach can be effective for some people who were not
addicted for long periods of time and who were fully mature when they
became addicted. When a person is addicted for a great length of time
or they became addicted in their teens, it is possible that they have
lost or never developed the moral sense to be able to benefit from a
Twelve Step or similar program. In this case, improvement of a moral
sensibility requires a thorough education in the basics of making good
choices in friends, in jobs, in one’s personal life.
When you consider the time required to rebuild a body’s resources after
the stress and deprivation of drug addiction, and the time needed to
re-educate oneself on the basics of morals, a thirty to sixty day
addiction treatment program is not enough time for most addicts to
build a new drug-free life. An open-ended program where a person
progresses at their own pace is better for most addicts, especially
those who have been through one or more drug addiction treatment
Now that you understand addiction a little better, how can you select a treatment program for your loved one?