Drug addiction is a powerful and destructive force that rips families apart and ruins the lives of good people every day.
It is important to note that drug or alcohol addiction is not just about the individual on drugs. It’s about the families, loved ones, friends and community that surround the addict who also suffer, sometimes as much or more than the addicted person themselves.
The greatest suffering for those who love the drug user is almost always the helpless feeling of not knowing what to do to keep the person from destroying his or her life with drugs.
Usually, those individuals who love and care for someone who is addicted are WILLING to help the person get off drugs, but often lack the knowledge of what it is they are dealing with. Therefore, many efforts to help the drug user get better or quit drugs are not successful. When these attempts fail, a feeling of hopelessness and helplessness often results.
Fortunately, no matter how hopeless it may seem, the trap of addiction can be undone. With a complete understanding of addiction and the proper tools to apply, virtually anyone can rid themselves of the harmful effects of drugs and alcohol and lead a productive and drug-free life. By reading this, you are gaining an understanding of addiction and will see how the Narconon® Program can help.Why People Take Drugs
For drugs to be attractive to a person there must first be some underlying unhappiness, sense of hopelessness or physical pain. These negative emotions, feelings and sensations are “problems” for the person, as they don’t want to feel or experience them.
The problem the person is having seems overwhelming and they believe a solution is not available to them. This could be a physical discomfort such as an injury or chronic pain. It can also include problems such as having difficulty “fitting in” as a child or a teenager, anxiety due to peer pressure, or as is often the case with young people, shyness or even boredom.
Everyone has experienced problems like these in life to a greater or lesser degree. The difference between an addict and a non-addict is that addicts choose drugs or alcohol as a SOLUTION to their unwanted problems or discomforts. They then adopt drug or alcohol use as a common, “fix-all” solution to any other problems they become faced with in the future.
There are hundreds or thousands of “problems” that a person might be attempting to solve by using drugs or alcohol. The truth is that these problems are actually NOT solved by the use of drugs or alcohol, they are only masked temporarily. The real underlying problems remain untouched.
When the drug user becomes addicted they feel ashamed of their own inability to control their life. This being another problem, the person will then resort to the same “solution” which caused these problems in the first place: MORE DRUGS.
Drugs are never the solution to problems, if only because they create far more problems than they could ever hope to solve.What Drugs Do
The simple truth is that drugs are essentially poisons. One of the first destructive side effects that drugs have on any individual is the burning up of the nutritional stores in the body. Vitamins, minerals and amino acids are the actual fuel that the body needs to properly function and to repair itself.
Taking drugs accelerates the burning up of these nutrients. It is partially the rapid consumption and depletion of these nutrients that helps to create a totally artificial sense of well-being while under the influence of the drug.
This causes cellular damage often leading to discomfort, pain, disease and unfortunately, the need for more drugs. As the person continues to use drugs, their physical condition becomes worse and worse.
As the amount of drugs taken increases, the physical damage done to the addict’s body becomes greater as well. By constantly blocking the body’s internal warning signs the person can allow real physical problems to grow out of control. The drug user can often be dreadfully sick, yet be utterly unaware of the illness due to the numbing effects of drugs. The end result is a continually worsening physical condition and in some cases, disease-related death.
This presents a problem. Drug users hope they can quit drugs and live a normal life. However, when they attempt to stop, they have no energy and feel bad all the time.
They naturally want to feel good and not sick. As they are unaware of the actual causes of the way they feel and have no alternative method of handling the problem they are caught in the trap of having to go back on the drug or suffer through life without it..