Drug Rehab Treatment
Heroin - Cocaine -
Amphetamines - Prescription Drugs - Marijuana -
Ecstasy - Alcohol
Any drug that changes the way a person thinks or
feels is abusable to some degree. It is easy to see
the negative effects of heroin, cocaine and the newer
designer drugs like ecstasy, GHB and LSD. However,
alcohol, marijuana and prescription drugs all too are
damaging in many ways.
Whatever the drug of abuse, all have one thing in
common; drugs are toxins. There is an old saying that
a drug is a drug is a drug.
When a person uses a drug, something happens in the
body. The agents of the drug create a desired effect
to a greater or lesser degree. In a person who has a
proclivity to addiction, the first time that a mind
or mood altering drug is administered to the body,
this effect happens to such a degree that the
experience can be that mythic "fix" that changes
everything. Drugs are used to change the way we
feel, to the addicted person they become the solution
to problems and have the ability to create a false
sense of security and well-being.
To delve a bit into the mindset of an addict, it is
the end of a search for a single "end all, cure all".
The problems that are evident in the home, in their
interpersonal relationships and in their social
setting are all wiped clean for as long as the
effects of the drug last. This is the beginning of a
long downward spiral of addiction.
Typically, not one of us intends to become a drug
addict or alcoholic, a person has the false
perception that “it won’t happen to me”, but often
many of us do become drug dependant. Addicts do not
set out to destroy themselves and everyone and
everything in their path. These things are an effect
of the cycle of addiction.
The addict has a propensity to lie to everyone,
things start missing around the house, the dishonesty
conveyed is proportionate to the severity of the
addiction, these things are all apparent to the
person living with an addict. Addicts may
become very manipulative, this is a mechanism put in
place to protect or hide the addiction. Our
experiences show that the drug addict or alcoholic is
usually an intelligent and most often creative person
with much hope for the future, which only adds to the
calamity of their downfall. As the addict slips down
the spiral, their loved ones try to deny the problem
exists, sometimes for years. This is a part of the
vicious cycle of addiction. Contrary to popular
belief the addict is not a powerless person, often
times it takes more effort to keep the addiction
going then it would to learn how to live clean and
The person usually enters into this dangerous
affliction because they attempt to compensate for
some personal deficiency or life situation. Addicts,
even though often times are very capable individuals,
have a low self esteem. They are depressed,
unhappy or incapable of dealing with their life
situations. It could be as simple as the rejection of
a significant other, the loss of a loved one, or as
complex as a major life crisis. This causes the
person to seek "help" in the form of drugs or
alcohol. Thus, the cycle of addiction begins.
Drugs are essentially a pain-killer. They
avert emotional and physical pain providing the user
with a temporary and illusionary escape from life and
the problems it can present. When a person is unable
to cope with some aspect of their reality and is
introduced to drugs they feel they have perhaps
“solved the problem itself. In reality, the
problem will still be there once sober, that in
itself is a motivation to go back to the drug.
The more a person uses drugs or alcohol, the more
inflated the problem becomes. More problems are
created by their use. This becomes the center of
their focus; their motivation is to get the drug.
Soon enough the person feels the need to use
consistently, and will do anything to get high.
The person can become both mentally and
physically addicted to the substance.
The addict is now caught in the cycle of addiction.
The person begins to display the physiological
symptoms of addiction. They become unreasonable, they
become difficult to communicate with, withdrawn and
they begin to exhibit the strange behaviorism
associated with addiction. Drug addicted people
are not reasonable and trying to reason with them
The more the person uses drugs to counter the effect
of their choices, the larger the burden of his guilt
becomes. This results in a discontented, depressed,
and a desperate individual.
Their drug use begins to affect their personal
relationships, their job, their bank account, and
anything of previous value to the addict. Now the
person's entire focus becomes centered on getting,
using and getting more drugs, regardless of the cost.
They sacrifice everything to avoid the pain of
withdrawal and having to face the consequences of
The Cycle of Addiction is seemingly never ending. It
seems to constrict this mortal coil relentlessly. In
1996 the NHSDA* reported that an estimated 13.0
million Americans were currently using illicit drugs.
It seems to be a problem that has seeped into every
facet of the American culture. Even with
increased awareness of the dangers of drugs more and
more people are becoming addicted.
The good news is there is help out there.