Steps One, Two and Three of AA: Admitting The Addiction is Stronger and Tougher Than the Alcoholic

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For the duration of this article, “addict”, will be used to identify both the alcoholic and drug addict. “He”, will also be used to denote male and female.

Excessive use of alcohol as well as other substances causes the person to enter a sphere of disconnectedness with oneself and the surrounding world. This happens due to an ever growing rigid denial system. The first three steps of AA address this – surrender to the inability of controlled use.

Definition of a Denial System

Denial is not peculiar to addiction. Basically, denial is the inability, if not stubborn refusal to see reality. All humans use denial depending upon the circumstances from time to time.

Denial with a growing addiction becomes rigid over time. If allowed to develop long enough it can lead to an extreme disconnectedness with self and the surrounding world.

Denial is further marked by thinking disorders or delusional thinking. Therefore, a person’s ability to reason normally becomes impaired to severely impaired.

Examples of Denial

The addict may say, “I don’t have a problem. I drink because, you don’t know how difficult it is to live with my spouse,” (blaming someone else instead of taking responsibility for the drinking).

Another example may be, “I wasn’t intoxicated. I only had a couple of beers when I left the bar. I never drive drunk,” yet, this is the person’s third or more, OUI (Operating Under the Influence).

Reality is, the person trapped within the growing addiction, knows deep inside that something is wrong, but just does not possess or is losing the internal strength to face reality. That internal muscle becomes flanked with intense shame and guilt. Picture someone trying to shoulder the Rock of Gibraltar.

Acceptance

As long as an addict thinks use is controllable, relapse is inevitable.

Acceptance of this concept allows the recovering person room to grow in recovery. Acceptance of the inability to control substance use produces humility, which, in turn, allows someone to be teachable.

Humility and Recovery

Taking responsibility and accepting that the addiction is more powerful than the individual frees that individual in recovery to accept help from others. Someone may need to relapse a number of times before coming to this conclusion.

A doctor, before becoming a doctor, attends medical school to learn about medicine and everything that subject encompasses before practicing on his own. If the individual refuses to be taught, refuses to learn, how qualified would that individual be to practice medicine?

The same holds true for recovery. The newly sober addict must attain attitudes of surrender, humility and willingness in order to be instructed about the nature of addiction as well as what is necessary to maintain sobriety. The humility will not come without the surrender to the power of addiction.

After Surrender, Trust

When one needs surgery the services of a qualified surgeon are sought after. The patient trusts that the doctor knows what needs to be done. The patient trusts his life to the care of the doctor.

As in addiction recovery, to grow a sober lifestyle, the newly recovering addict must trust those who have a solid recovery foundation. These individuals can become the Higher Power, and/or, if the recovering client has a belief in God, God as He is understood, becomes the foundation supplemented with the knowledge and experiences shared by the members in recovery.

As in any teacher/student relationship, the newly recovering, even the more seasoned recovering individual, if he truly wants to remain sober, has the best chances of maintaining sobriety by allowing himself to be taught and supported by others.

Too Young to Get Sober: and Other Common Myths and Misconceptions

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Sometimes it’s the things we grew up believing and tell ourselves, sometimes it’s the things we hear from others – but almost everyone has heard at least one of these common misconceptions. Many use them as excuses to remain in denial, to continue using and abusing substances despite the knowledge that something is wrong. Some are discouraged and give up before giving themselves a chance. The more fortunate have taken control of their own recovery having discovered that no-one else can dictate the course of their addiction nor their sobriety.

Myth: You’re Too Young to Get Sober

Reality: Sobriety, recovery, and reversal of addictive behavior can begin at any time in a person’s life. It is true that many people realize their alcoholism and addictions later in life after a long, slow progression or many years of denial, yet there are plenty of younger people who want and need recovery. Especially with the popularity and wide availability of highly addictive drugs such as crack/cocaine, <href=”#heroin_facts”>heroin, and <href=”#crystal_methamphetamine_facts”>methamphetamines which cause a rapid progression of addictive behavior and social, physical, and economic consequnces, younger populations are now frequently seeking help from both treatment centers and 12-step programs – and finding a great deal of success.

Myth: An Alcoholic is a bum on “Skid Row”

Reality: An alcoholic can live in an apartment, own their own home, be CEO of a major corporation, a stay-at-home mom, a professional or a student. Alcoholism, or any type of chemical dependency, knows no social or economic boundaries. Although the stereotype of the wine-o with his bottle wrapped in a brown paper bag is slowly fading, many still keep this image tucked away as reassurance that they or their loved ones surely can’t be an alcoholic since they are not destitute on the streets begging for change to get the next drink.

Myth: Hitting Bottom Means Losing Everything

Reality: “Hitting Bottom”, a term often used to describe the definitive turning point when an addicted person realizes defeat and is then able to make changes, is different for everyone. It is true that in some people’s experiences, they first had to lose homes, have children taken by the state, lose marriages & friends, or go to jail before they could accept that their alcohol or drug use was causing so much damage. But many, many others have experienced varying degrees of what they describe as their “bottom”. For one man, it may be the look in his daughter’s eyes as she watches him reach for another beer; for his neighbor it may be the cold, empty feeling she cannot drink away no matter how hard she tries.

Myth: If You’re Court-Ordered to AA, You Won’t Stay Sober & Won’t be Welcomed

Reality: Throngs of alcoholics and addicts have been referred to Alcoholics Anonymous & other 12-step meetings as part of release conditions for DWI/DUI’s and other drug and alcohol related convictions. Just as with anyone who walks in of their own will off the street, there is no guarantee that a first attempt at sobriety and recovery will be 100% successful for court appointed attendees. Yet there are plenty of sober, happy, successfully recovering alcoholics and addicts whose first meeting was at the firm request of a judge or probation officer. Were they welcomed to AA? It is rare to find an AA or NA member who would not extend open arms to any newcomer, no matter what brings him or her to the rooms. A great deal of them once had to have attendance slips signed themselves! The most important thing to remember, and often the reasoning behind court ordered attendance, is that by simply being at a meeting a person is getting exposure to a path of recovery and ideas that promote sobriety instead of substance abuse.

How Do You Know When You’re Over-Drinking? Signs That Alcohol Consumption Might be Out of Control

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Alcohol is a social drug. Accepted as it is in regular doses, it can be difficult to discern when drinking has become a negative habit and a problematic pattern.

Alcohol is a social drug, nearly as acceptable as coffee, especially when consumed later on in the day. Drinking alcohol is not stigmatized like much other drug use and is often encouraged. People are nearly required to drink with co-workers, friends and other social contacts in order to maintain community cohesion and connections. The dark side of accepted alcohol consumption is that it becomes very difficult to judge when one is drinking too much, even if this consumption doesn’t lead to regular hangovers, blackouts or negative behaviors.

How Much Alcohol Consumption is Okay?

Everyone processes alcohol differently. Fat doesn’t absorb alcohol thus women need to drink less than men to get drunk or to have alcohol problems. Young people who aren’t fully grown need to drink less than older individuals to become inebriated or see health issues occur. How alcohol affects one depends on height, weight, age, race, gender and personal disposition or genetic history.

As a general rule, women shouldn’t drink more than two units (equivalent to two glasses of wine, beer or spirits daily) and men shouldn’t drink more than three to four. Ideally, several days a week should remain alcohol-free for maximum health benefits.

What are the Signs that Alcohol Consumption Might be Out of Control?

When people think about alcoholism, they often picture a raging individual with temper problems, sexual issues or other social disorders, someone unable to manage his own existence. In fact, the great majority of people with a drinking problem are functional and capable of concealing their own tendencies.

Drinking alcohol can quickly become a pattern and a habit. This is the first sign. If an individual is dependent or reliant on having regular drinks, with dinner, after work or in social situations, then alcohol is beginning to rule his or her life. Routine drinking habits easily lead to excessive drinking patterns, sometimes involving secretive or day-long consumption.

Over time, drinking on a daily basis, even if not in excessive amounts, establishes a bodily dependency, leading one to be less capable of determining when one has drunk too much. Feeling one needs a drink before public events, intimate experiences or other challenging situations will inevitably lead to long term overconsumption.

What are the Consequences of Regular Alcohol Consumption?

Even if one doesn’t excessively binge drink, drink all day or drink in secret, regular alcohol consumption still has consequences. Alcohol is very hard on the liver, as well as the brain and other body parts. It takes a long time for the body to process. Side effects can include sleep disruption or deprivation, depression, weight gain, anxiety, poor memory and other negative results.

Keep a drinking diary if concerned about the effects of daily consumption or of alcohol becoming a habit in one’s life. Seeing the pattern and knowing its consequences can be the primary step in changing one’s harmful consumption of alcohol.

Top Day Spa Slim & Detox Treatment London UK: Review Ionithermie Slimming Cellulite Therapy Amida Spa Harbour Club

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At the Amida Spa in the Notting Hill Harbour Club the Ionethermie treatment’s claim to slim, tone, detox, rid the body of water retention and reduce the appearance of cellulite whilst the supine slimmer engages in what is comfortingly called passive exercise – sounds like finding water in the desert!

Ionethermie was invented by the French Biochemist Olivier Foche in1979. According to the Head Office in France over two hundred thousand slimming treatments are performed annually in beauty salons worldwide and on cruise ships, where it is especially popular with its wealthy and captive audience.

Parts of the Body You Can Slim and Trim

Losing belly fat, which is elegantly called the tummy trim in the Ionitherme brochure and quoted as “a firm favourite amongst the celebs” is the slimming treatment chosen for this review. Other parts of the body which can also targeted for toning, slimming and lifting are hip and thigh, butt; coyly called a cheek lift, breasts and arms.

The initial consultation involves finding out the slimmers suitability for their chosen treatment. Women who are pregnant or are breast-feeding and males and females who have metal pins or plates in the areas to be treated are some of the contra-indications that preclude them from having the therapy.

How Ionithermie Slimming Therapy Works

The slimming therapy involves covering the area to be treated with a thermal clay containing algae, Four electrical toning pads are then placed on the specific muscles and with a click of a switch the machine sends two electrical stimuli to firm and tone the skin and muscle tissue whilst improving circulation. The therapy lasts thirty minutes and to quote the Ionithermie brochure “results are visible after just one session– your skin is smoother; firmer; tighter and the appearance of cellulite is reduced.”

First Slimming Session at the Amida Spa

After being measured it’s time to don the thong.Then the skin is prepped with toner, the body brushed to improve circulation, the clay applied and the four pads put in place. Magdalena, the delightful and pretty young therapist, reaches for the control and it’s takeoff! Like a young Nintendo enthusiast she presses buttons on the consul to increase the currents causing the stomach muscles to jerk and the fat judder like a Mexican Bean. It seems that “passive exercise” is a contradiction in terms!

Post session measurements are taken and though there is a an inch reduction mostly due to water loss, looking in the mirror at “Quatermass”, it is definitely still quite a mess! No matter, there are five more treatments to go. As a parting shot the therapist points out the don’ts for the next 24 hours, which include no hot baths and vigorous exercise. Having never indulged in the latter this will not be difficult.

Dos are to drink plenty of water, exfolliate and exercise in between sessions and be sure to keep to a heathy diet avoiding caffeine and alcohol.

Ionithermie, Diet and Exercise Gives Best Results

The next couple of weeks are spent living, breathing and boring thin fat-freef friends with blow-by-blow accounts of each stage of the therapy. However despite the fact that dinner invitations and telephone calls have dwindled, each treatment yields a pleasing improvement helped along by disciplined exercise and nutritious eating. The therapists are realists and make no bones about the fact that to get best results Ionetherme and the slimmer have to work together.

The last session over, the moment of truth has arrived. Final measurements show that in only two weeks and six sessions there is an overall loss of nearly five inches and the stomach is firmer and smoother. From personal experience Ionitherme combined with a healthy diet and exercise is a success! In this case “The proof of the pudding is in the not eating!”

Clinical Proof That Ionithermie Works

A clinical study to evaluate the effects of Ionithermie on patients was performed on ten female by Gustavo Leibaschoff MD and Juliana Melamed MD. Each subject had ten sessions twice a week. An average weight loss of six pounds in each subject was recorded after the series of treatments and the average inch loss per person was 4.6 inches in treated areas.

Results showed that 100 percent of participants were pleased with the body contour changes and that their clothes were not as tight in areas that had been treated as compared to before the treatment. They also noted a smoother skin surface.

How to Detox Your Handbag: The Handbag Diet — A Practical New Year Resolution for Your Purse

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Having survived the festive season, it’s that time again when good intentions manifest themselves in the form of New Year resolutions. For many women this involves some kind of diet regime, vowing to give up something that makes them feel fat or unhealthy.

Enter the handbag diet, which will not only make life easier but improve your health. For the woman who is tired of fighting to find things in her purse or suffers from back and shoulder pain, there has never been a better time to detox her handbag.

Big Bags – Big Problems?

According to the UK’s Daily Mail, the average British woman carries around a handbag weighing the equivalent of 5 bags of sugar – around 2.5 kilos. Continued use can be damaging both to the back and shoulders, causing posture problems and long-term skeletal and muscular damage. Doctors consider the ideal maximum “healthy” weight of a woman’s purse to be no more than 1 kilo, or 2.2lb.

Our increasing reliance on gadgets is driving up not only the load but the size of our bags. The bigger the bag, the more weighty it is likely to be, not to mention the time spent rifling through clutter in search of car keys, lipstick, cell phone, Ipod and the like.

How to Detox Your Handbag

Detoxing your handbag involves clearing out all the useless, outdated and unnecessarily overweight clutter, which has been aquired during the course of the weeks and months.

This includes blitzing your purse/wallet and make-up bag, organizing your address book and sorting out your key chain to a manageable and less weighty proportion.

Clearing Out Your Handbag

Whether you use one handbag for all occasions or a number of bags to match outfits, empty the contents out to reveal all the unwanted junk and clutter of past days and weeks.

Decide which should be essential and non essential items and cull those that are unnecessary and add extra bulk and weight. Once you have done this it is much easier to declutter your bag on a daily/weekly basis.

In addition to the high tech gadgetry, essential items are likely to include a wallet, make-up bag, keys and address or notebook.

Organizing Your Purse/Wallet

Choose a purse/wallet that does the job and no more. Compact enough to store notes, drivers license, credit cards etc, free from unwanted receipts and to the paper. The change compartment that can be emptied out every couple of days to remove excess loose change, which is adding weight and bulk.

Clearing Out Your Cosmetic Bag

Keep cosmetics in your make-up bag to the bare essentials for the day. This usually means carrying what is required to retouch your lipstick, foundation, blusher when needed, rather than mountains of extras.

Addressing Your Address Book

Whilst it is likely that contact details will be stored in a mobile phone, there is also an argument for keeping a written record, as those who have lost their phone or had it stolen will attest. However, a heavyweight book adds unnecessary bulk, a mini organizer is preferable, to transfer essential phone numbers etc.

Kick Out Unnecessary Keys

Hefty keychains and unnecessary keys have to go – all add to the weight of the bag. Slimlining a keychain so that is carries only keys that are used on a regular basis will reduce weight. Store other keys, used only occasionally, in a container.

Maintaing the Handbag Diet

Once you have invested time and energy in a handbag detox it is important to keep it on a healthy diet. Don’t allow your bag to become cluttered again. Make a point of tidying your purse on a regular basis and removing unnecessary items.

Just because a bag is big does not mean it has to be filled. Whilst oversized bags are highly fashionable, bulky ones can ruin the look of an outfit and spoil your silhouette. Keep bag weight to a minimum and your body will love you for it. By carrying out a regular handbag detox, not only are you less likely to damage your posture but also your style.

FDA Deems Caffeinated Alcoholic Beverages too Dangerous for Sale

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The United States Food and Drug Administration declared that caffeinated alcohol products do not belong in stores for sale. The addition of caffeine and other stimulants is said to be an “unsafe food additive” (that’s an understatement) and all alcoholic products of this nature have been ordered to be taken off the market.

Why are Caffeinated Alcoholic Drinks Dangerous

These types of alcoholic beverages come in a variety of brands and tastes, many in fruity flavors. All drinks of this kind are carbonated, tasting almost like a fizzy soda and don’t seem as harmful as they really are. Some of the more well-known brands include Joose, Moonshot, and Four Loko. All of them promptly nicknamed by some as “blackout in a can” and “liquid cocaine.”

What makes the drinks truly dangerous is that they are marketed towards young adults, mainly college students. They are commonly found among campuses and have been the cause of many alcohol abuse related incidents, even various deaths. Several colleges have taken steps to try and ban the drinks from school grounds.

They come prepackaged with tons of stimulants and when combined with alcohol – a depressant – it creates a devastating combo, more so than creating a similar drink from scratch. “It’s one thing if you make it on your own, it’s another thing when it’s packaged in this formulation,” says Dr.Margaret Hamburg, Commissioner of the FDA.

A beer is only about five percent alcohol. These caffeinated, alcoholic drinks have been measured at around 15 percent alcohol … yikes. Essentially having one can is the equivalent of ingesting several beers and then downing the taste with coffee.

Thoughts and Aftermath

Regardless of whether or not these things can be bought pre-canned, alcoholic caffeinated beverage consumption isn’t going to stop overnight. Alcohol and caffeine have been a loved party combo for years, ever since the energy drinks came along.

Such caffeinated cocktail combos are extremely popular and in some parts of the world, have actually sparked up enough controversy to get government regulation involved. Jagerbombs specifically, are banned in Australia from being served at all pubs and nightclubs due to the risk involved.

These kinds of drinks have existed way before people could conveniently purchase them off shelves and freezers. Making these things aren’t exactly rocket science and as long as people have access to both alcohol and energy drinks, they will remain popular.

However, the main issue the FDA is addressing is the banning of these brand name beverages being sold in stores. In that regard, the Food and Drug Administration has certainly taken a huge step forward. While the a number of brands have already been banned from being sold in the United States, it’ll be awhile until we stop seeing them altogether in liquor stores.

Teenagers and Drugs – Know the Signs of Addiction

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The truth is that a vast majority of teenagers are not, nor ever will be, addicted to drugs. Nevertheless, your child will not go through his teenage years without being offered drugs and he may already know somebody who is taking them.

Dealing With Drugs

Some level of experimentation with “soft drugs” such as alcohol, tobacco and cannabis, should probably be regarded as normal teenage behaviour. But although there is little you can do to stop your teen experimenting with drugs when out of the house, this doesn’t necessarily mean you have to approve, you need to ensure that your teenager understands the risks associated with drugs, and set clear boundaries around what happens in your home.

If you don’t want drugs brought into the house, you can make this clear by reminding your teen that he is causing you to commit an offence if illegal drugs are knowingly consumed on your premises. If you suspect your teenager may be developing a drug problem of any kind, keep a close eye on the situation because he may need your help. There will inevitably be a number of telltale signs, even if your teen swears blind that nothing is wrong and that he has the situation under control.

Signs of Possible Drug Use

  • Abrupt mood changes, unexplained lack of motivation, increased levels of restlessness and irritability, or dramatic changes in sleeping patterns, although do not rule out other explanations.
  • If your child suddenly always needs money or items of value go missing.
  • If your child suddenly stops mixing with his old friends and seems reluctant to tell you much about the people he now hangs out with.
  • You can often detect the smell of alcohol, tobacco or marijuana on your teen’s breath. Smoking dope may give your teenager red eyes and a desire to eat (known as the munchies) and he may appear giggly or sleepy.
  • Heavy alcohol use may lead to a flushed appearance, dilated pupils, clumsiness and difficulty focusing.
  • Amphetamines or cocaine can make the user extremely animated, erratic and sometimes agitated. Long-term use of cocaine may lead to unexplained nose bleeds.
  • Pinpoint pupils, scratching and constant nodding off suggest heroin use. Long clothing may be used to disguise injection marks, and look out for burns on lips and fingers.

What Can Parents Do?

It can be a shock to discover that your teenager is using drugs, and you may feel angry or frightened. But it is important to take a step back and think about how you are going to deal with the situation. While you can’t actually stop your teenager taking drugs, having a coping strategy may help you feel less powerless.

Keep Calm

If you think your teenager is taking drugs, it’s important not to panic. If you overreact, you could make the situation worse. Try to remember that teenagers often use drugs to escape underlying feelings of despair or self-hatred. Your teen may need to confront these issues before she can deal with the drug use.

Get Informed

You’ll need to have the facts at your fingertips if you’re going to have any useful discussion with your teen about his drug use. If he thinks you don’t know what your talking about he will switch off.

Get Talking

Talk to your teenager about your concerns, but avoid being confrontational or judgemental. You can’t make her stop using drugs, but it’s important to try to help her find her own motivation to change. Try to focus on behaviour you have witnessed, and explain why it has troubled you. Emphasize that you want to understand and help in anyway you can. If your teen becomes abusive or angry, keep calm and bring the conversation to a halt.

Get Help

If your teen acknowledges that he has a problem, encourage him to seek professional help. Any attempt to reduce drug use will stand a better chance with support from a trained drugs counsellor, but it may be difficult to get him to this point, particularly if he is denying the severity of the problem. Your doctor will be able to advise you about local services, or you can search websites.

Set Limits

If your teenager begins to cause problems in the home as a result of drug use, you need to point out calmly that you cannot put up with such behaviour indefinitely. You may need to make it a condition of continuing to live in your house that your teen behaves more reasonably, or gets involved in a suitable treatment programme.

Encourage Alternatives

Although you may be feeling helpless, it’s important not to give up on positive solutions. Try to encourage activities and friendships that are non-drug related. It would help your teenager focus if you can put something else into his life that might build his confidence and self-worth.

Don’t Go It Alone

Many parents feel unnecessary shame about their child using drugs, and tend to keep it to themselves. But handling a situation like this can be highly stressful, and you will need all the support you can get. Involve other family members, friends or other parents as your teen may find it harder to dismiss people outside the immediate family group as interfering and over-anxious. Addictions flourish in secrecy, so the more you can flush them out into the light of day, the harder it will be for your teen to keep running from the problem.

Be Prepared to Let Go

If, after you’ve tried everything you can to help, your teenager continues to use drugs, you may decide that your best course of action is to let go of the problem and leave it to her to sort out. However painful it is for you, the only person who can stop taking the drugs is the teenager herself.

The truth is that some teenagers won’t find the motivation to change until they start experiencing the reality of what drugs can do to their lives. For some people the quicker they hit rock bottom, the sooner they will start to sort out their life. By trying to protect your teenager indefinitely from the consequences of her bad choices, you may actually be prolonging her relationship with drugs and even allowing a more severe addiction to take hold. However, if you are facing hard choices like this, make sure you talk to an appropriate professional first.

Is Addiction a Disease?: People Who Are Sick Are Victims; “Choosers” Are Not Victims

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A man in his late twenties visited a therapist’s office and admitted that for several years in the past he had a drinking problem. That concerned his fiancé who asked him to go see a drug counselor before they got married, just to reassure her. He said that starting with alcohol at thirteen, by the time he was fourteen or fifteen he was also addicted to drugs and tobacco.

“I can’t deny it, Doc,” Brian said, “I’m an alcoholic.” Then with some well-deserved pride in his voice he continued. “But I’ve been sober for more than two years now.”

The therapist shook his head as he asked the young man, “You say you’re an alcoholic even though you stopped drinking two years ago; how come you still call yourself an alcoholic?”

The young man had a look of surprise on his face as he answered the question. “Well, that’s what I’ve been told. ‘Once an alcoholic, always an alcoholic.’”

Labeling Oneself Will Hurt, Not Help

“Really,” the counselor said with emphasis. “Do you ever hear any ex smokers say ‘Once a smoker, always a smoker?’”

The client chuckled out loud, then said, “No, I haven’t heard anybody say that. I’ve been a smoker, too, you know.”

“Yes, well, you don’t call yourself a smoker anymore, do you?” the counselor asked.

“Uh, no I don’t,” he said.

There Is a Need for a Strong Motivating Factor to Quit Using

After a minute the therapist asked, “How come you quit drinking and stopped taking drugs?”

The young man tipped his head to the side, shrugged slightly and answered, “Well, I came to the point that it wasn’t fun any more. I had a best friend overdose. He died.” Brian paused and looked down. Then he looked up again and said, “I could see it was starting to ruin my life, too. Believe me, that junk caused me so many problems. It was incredible.”

“So, having no more fun caused you to quit; that, and your best friend. Brian, does what you just said sound like you had a disease?”

Brian furrowed his brow and simply asked, “What?”

“Do you think you had a disease?”

Brian tipped his head to the side. “Well, that’s what I’ve learned. Alcoholism and drug addiction are diseases.”

It’s a Strange Disease If Choosing to Not Be a Victim Will Bring a Cure

Raising his eyebrows the counselor asked, “What other disease do you know of that all you have to do is decide that you won’t be sick any more and, after some amount of time, it goes away?”

Brian wrinkled his brow and asked, “What? I don’t understand.”

“If you had cancer or diabetes, could you just decide one day not to have it any more and it would go away, eventually ridding you of all its symptoms, just because you didn’t want to have it?”

The young man let out a large puff of air and said, “Uh … no. But what are you getting at, Doc?”

“I’m saying, alcohol and drug addiction is not an illness; nor is smoking. They’re choices. You chose to drink when you were thirteen, and when you were fourteen you chose to use drugs. You also chose to smoke. You did all that until ‘it wasn’t fun anymore,’ to use your words. And because you didn’t like what was happening to you, you decided to quit making those destructive choices for yourself, once and for all.”

Brian nodded, then emphatically said, “Yeah. I hadn’t ever thought of it that way. But it does make sense. I’m not an alcoholic for life, nor a drug addict, nor a smoker.”

It takes substantially more work than this example would imply, but choosing to call oneself a “never-to-be-over-it victim” is to lock oneself into being a scapegoat to a substance or to an addictive behavior pattern. All persons who quit have first found a serious reason to stop—maybe because of a traumatic event in life directly attributable to choices to indulge. Becoming free from addiction begins with acknowledging the truth and taking action.

Even if it were a disease, becoming free from addiction requires one thing; that is, to make different choices. But choosing to call oneself a victim of illness makes the problem worse from a psychological and motivational standpoint. It causes one to think they are a victim and powerless (another word for helpless or worthless). It takes self-confidence to improve one’s situation regarding anything in life that is worthwhile.

Unpopular Reasons for Drug Addiction

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The Other Causes for Addiction to Drugs

The biggest recreational users turn to drug addiction by curiosity of pills found around the home.

The media attention on drug addiction attempts to education parents and loved ones of the possible causes for the condition. Ironically, as more information is spread about drug addiction, the familiarity and increased availability of pharmaceuticals has created a rise in drug use. As more people are prescribed drugs for various reasons, it’s more common for children and teens to have access to pharmaceuticals. Drug addiction is sometimes just a simple effect from sheer curiosity.

Curiosity and Drug Addiction

For some teenagers, the start of drug addiction begins with sheer curiosity. If parents have pain or anxiety medications openly available to their teens, the attention given to different pharmaceuticals may lead to experimental drug use. With the amount of attention given to medications like Oxycontin, Vicodin, Ultram, and Xanax, drug addiction may stem from the sensationalism of these prescriptions.

Curiosity is the start for some users, but drug addiction is hard to detect when the family member or friend uses recreationally. Recreational drug use is common for people who are able to control the cravings. It isn’t until the cravings lead to increased doses and continued use that physical and mental drug addiction occurs.

Drug Addiction Decreases Stress

After a hard day at work or a stressful day at school, pharmaceuticals reduce stress. They relax and allow a person to unwind. This type of recreational use only leads to drug addiction if the user is unable to control cravings during the day. Marijuana and some pharmaceuticals are two of the most popular ways to relieve stress. For some users, drug addiction only occurs after anxiety leads to usage during the day. Recreational drug use for these users may never lead to addiction. These users may lead completely normal lives without any signs of drug addiction.

Signs of Drug Addiction

Recreational drug use for many people turns to drug addiction. If a friend or relative disregards important work functions or increases the frequency of doses, he may become physically and mentally dependent on the drug. Reclusiveness, depression, and antisocial behavior are also signs of drug addiction. If severe drug addiction to depressants like Xanax, Oxycontin, heroin, Vicodin, and alcohol are suspected, these drugs can lead to respiratory depression and possible cardiac arrest.

Family members who suspect a loved one of using depressant drugs like opiates and benzodiazepines are encouraged to get the user into treatment. For drug users with a strong desire and determination to recover, stay-at-home detox is possible. Other options are in-patient treatment, outpatient treatment, and psychological services. Results for recovery are determined by the user’s willingness and determination to overcome the drug addiction.

Drug Addiction and Treatments

Drug addiction can be treated when the treatment is tweaked for individuals. It is possible for patients to lead normal lives, despite their addiction. Just like people living with any other disease, people must do their part to deal with their addiction. This might include simple behavioral changes or possibly taking medication.
Often in overcoming addiction, people must make changes in their behavior. They might have to undergo counseling, join support groups, or attend therapy sessions. This is not uncommon in dealing with any kind of addiction. Medication can be helpful when the addiction includes a physical craving.

Generally, treatment programs must be followed and completed in order to get the best results. A person who has completed all twelve steps of an alcohol program is less likely to relapse than someone who only completed seven or eight of the steps. There are no permanent quick fixes to drug addiction.

Often mistaken for a quick fix, medication can be helpful in treatment. Along with proper therapy and support, for instance, methadone hydrochloride can be useful in treating heroin addicts. These controlled doses of methadone hydrochloride can help stop the cravings for the heroin. It allows addicts to stop being dependent on heroin so that they can lead normal, productive lives. While methadone clinics tend to be successful, the clinics that provide counseling and psychotherapy along with the methadone are more successful than those that provide minimal services. Fentanyl Addiction Treatment, is often one of the hardest as it is so addictive and can have longer and rougher withdrawals.

Other forms of therapy also exist. For people who have only had a short history of drug abuse, outpatient, non-medicated treatment is useful. This type of treatment usually involves some sort of counseling, whether it be group counseling or individual sessions.

For people who have a longer history of drug abuse, residential treatment centers are usually the answer. The programs at these treatment centers can vary from weeks to months, depending on the individual’s level of dependency. Most people who have not been to detox and rehab, often wonder, “What Is Detox and Rehab Like?”. Someone with a serious, long-term addiction might have to stay in one of these communities anywhere from six to twelve months. For people who have had less trouble functioning in a normal society, three to six weeks might be sufficient. In either case, the stay at the treatment center is followed up by extensive outpatient therapy.

Choosing a type of treatment can be a difficult task. Every individual is different, and this must be taken into consideration when choosing treatment. No single treatment works for all individuals.

When someone finally takes the step to get treatment, it may or may not be the best time or place for such a life-changing event. That is why the treatment must be readily available. Some form of treatment is better than none. For instance, if a heroin addict decides to seek treatment, it wouldn’t serve him/her to go in search of a methadone clinic in the middle of the night. However, waiting to seek treatment of some kind could result in the addict changing his/her mind and not going through with treatment at all. No matter what, finding some form of treatment is most important. Changing treatment in daylight hours is much easier in the long run.