Drugs And Alcohol Addictions

The best description of drugs and alcohol addictions I’ve ever witnessed can be summed up by the words of an elderly alcoholic I know. He declared that “the moment I knew I was an alcoholic was the moment I quit bragging about it, and began to hide how much I drank”. Further, he also described that when he was young he and his friends would often meet to share a case of beer over the weekend and boast about how much of it he had.

Then, as he aged, he would brag to his co-workers on how much fun he had that weekend drinking with his friends. Alcohol was slowly taking over his life and he was becoming an alcohol addict.  The drinking increased but his bragging slowly subsided. And the person consequently began to conceal the truth of how much he drank to his wife. He would tell her, “I only had a couple”, even though he knew it was a lot more. His weekend stories also stopped and he was now living only to drink.

As the person grew addicted, work was not as important to him anymore. He would therefore often call in sick and found that his problems at home were easier to deal with whilst drinking more. To the alcoholic’s mind alcohol was his friend in times of stress. Friends gradually began to question his actions as his personality and actions had changed noticeably. and depression began to set in. Have you ever known anyone like this? The truth is that drugs and alcohol addictions can very often take over your life, and your tolerance levels can also sometimes increase which means that you might require more and more in order to acquire the same effects.

Finally, you partake in alcohol drinking only to try and feel normal and feeling normal will then be entirely defined by the addiction. “How did this all happen”, you might ask yourself in the end. In most cases, ninety-nine percent of all people addicted to drugs or alcohol did not set out to become addicted to begin with. Addiction is often learned. You train yourself. The younger you start, the more susceptible you will find yourself to developing an addiction. There are certain recent studies which show that these patterns are liable to occur for all kinds of addiction. Test rats will eventually forsake even food for a “quick fix”. Quite similarly, humans who are addicted will sometimes forsake their family, friends, and even themselves in order to feed their addiction.

Even if the addicted person knows he or she might have a drug or alcohol addiction, they might sometimes fear the risk of withdrawal symptoms which might prevent them from attempting recovery, as the addicted person will now have a parasite thinking instead of them. Indeed, these people will find themselves entirely dependent of their addictive substance to solve their problems. Therefore, if you can relate to any of these situations, please try to consider that you have issues with addiction which should be addressed and try to get some help.


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Narconon Fresh Start’s Contribution in Drug and Alcohol Treatment

Narconon Southern California—part of the internationally recognized Narconon family of drug treatment facilities—provides treatment for drug and alcohol addiction and dependence for those seeking to end their addictions once and for all.

Drug and alcohol dependence ruin lives, result in premature death, destroy careers and families, cause injury and financial ruin and diminish personal integrity. Our prisons are filled with people whose crimes were in some way are connected to their abuse of drugs or alcohol.

If you or someone you love is addicted to drugs or alcohol, there is a solution.

At Narconon Southern California, we’re dedicated to helping people who are dependent on or addicted to drugs or alcohol to get through a successful drug rehabilitation program that will change their lives and the lives of their families.

Thousands of people have successfully completed drug rehabilitation programs through Narconon Southern California and have gone on to lead healthy, stable, sober lives. Where other traditional disease-based treatment options fail, Narconon Southern California succeeds.

Contrary to popular wisdom, addiction isn’t a disease, and it’s not something that an addict has to live with for the rest of his or her life. The treatment program at Narconon Southern California has the highest success rate of any treatment program available: more than 76 percent of our clients get—and more importantly, stay—sober.

The Narconon Southern California treatment program combines a drug-free detoxification process with instruction and guidance on how to improve our clients’ lives. That’s the secret of our success.

Why drug-free detoxification? Because we’ve found it’s the safest, most effective way to begin our clients’ sobriety.

In addition, we teach our clients how to live healthy, happy lives through specialized instruction that helps them relearn (or learn for the first time) how to communicate effectively and improve their relationships with others, how to comprehend knowledge and information, how to enhance their perception and how to handle the ups and downs life will inevitably offer. As a result, Narconon Southern California clients are able to meet the challenges and embrace the joy of living a sober life.