Executive Director of Narconon Arrowhead Gary W. Smith reports, ‘Although the number of people coming to us who are abusing pot is a smaller percentage of our total clientele, in the 30 years I have been in the drug rehabilitation
field I have not seen these numbers of individuals literally hooked on marijuana and unable to stop on their own.
We’ve known for a long time that marijuana use can lead to other drugs but it is shocking to see people whose lives are being destroyed by smoking pot just like others we are treating who are addicted to crack or alcohol.
I believe this is happening because the strength of the pot that is being smoked today is probably ten times stronger than the pot of 20 years ago.’
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goes by the more commonly used term of alcoholism.
Make no mistake about it; this is an addiction
pure and simple. Addiction
is a condition characterized by repeated and compulsive seeking and use of drugs, alcohol, or other substances despite adverse social, mental, and physical consequences.
Alcohol is a very common substance of abuse, accompanying the main drug of addiction, in the case of multiple substance abuse. Conversely, other drugs are commonly involved with alcohol addiction
The common denominators to all these addictions
are cravings, guilt, and depression and are the three factors needing addressed in order to obtain a drug free and productive life.
Rehab involves returning to a previous condition and preferably an improvement of even that. Recovery involves the gaining back of things lost.
Truly effective addiction treatment
will address both of these factors. Rehabilitation
would involve ceasing drug and alcohol use altogether and effecting a complete detoxification
of the system of store drugs and chemicals in the fatty tissues of the body.
Cravings, guilt and depression would then be fully addressed as these are the causes of continued drug use
or relapse. Recovery will also involve gaining the needed life skills and abilities to begin repairing the damage to self and others that has been created as well as tools to move forward towards ones actual hopes and dreams with a new drug free productive life.
All drug rehab
programs are not created equal; there are many different types and formats. There are long term, short term, in-patient, out-patient, traditional 12 step, and non traditional to name but a few.
One big difference to be aware of is whether or not the drug rehab
programs you may be looking at are drug free or whether the program embraces the use of other or substitute or additional drugs and ‘medications’ in an effort to control or alleviate addiction. Narconon Arrowhead is a long term, non traditional, drug free approach to the problems of abuse
These points set us apart from many of the other drug rehab
programs available. We start with the assumption that the being is basically good and despite any appearances to the contrary actually wants to attain a completely drug free productive life.
The Narconon program embraces many, many different factors that stop or inhibit the individual from reaching this goal. The majority of Narconon staff are ex-addicts and alcoholics themselves and know what it takes to get lasting results – we’ve been there!
When examining the various drug rehab
programs look for one thing – LASTING results and success.
The first challenge of rehab
centers in addiction treatment
is to help the individual with their drug and alcohol cravings.
Cravings are strong, uncontrollable, urges that drive the addict to use over and over.
Some withdrawal symptoms and cravings are caused by poor nutrition and depletion of vitamin stores in the body that the drugs are sucking out of the body.
Depletion of nutrition and vitamins can cause the person to be tired and moody and can also cause shakiness and pain.
The drugs accumulating in the body stress the various systems in the body including nerve systems. At this point more drugs are used in an attempt to alleviate feelings and emotions that the drugs themselves are creating. This is why treating drug addiction
with more drugs only makes the problem worse and is now being rejected as a workable therapy by many rehab
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