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Addiction Explained

It is possible to live a life free of drug and alcohol addiction

Drug and/or alcohol addiction is a serious condition that affects more than twenty million Americans. Anyone who has been around a loved one with an addiction problem has seen how it can destroy their job, business, family, health and even their life.

Some of today’s drugs are far more capable of rapidly causing addiction than drugs from ten or twenty years ago. Methamphetamine, crack cocaine and Ecstasy can be addictive after just one or a few uses. OxyContin can rapidly create addiction in a young person who just wanted to try it out a few times.

Is addiction a disease?

Drug Abuse

When addiction exists, the drug use controls the individual rather than the individual controlling the usage.

There are some scientists and government officials who describe addiction as an incurable disease – like heart disease or diabetes. This description justifies and encourages the use of medications such as methadone or suboxone for treatment. The success of drug-free addiction treatment programs, such as the Narconon Florida Program, disproves this theoretical definition of addiction.

Addiction is a condition characterized by repeated, compulsive seeking and use of drugs, alcohol or other similar substances despite adverse social, mental or physical consequences. It is usually accompanied by psychological and physical dependence on the abused substance and the appearance of withdrawal symptoms when the addictive substance is rapidly decreased or terminated.

There are very specific factors that hold an addiction in place. When these factors are thoroughly addressed, an addict can recover from the terrible hold addiction has on his soul and his body, and he can once again enjoy a productive life.

Symptoms of drug behavior

When a person is addicted to drugs they often times display “drug behavior”. Drug behavior is the modified behavior that the individual displays when they are addicted to drugs.

There are many general drug behaviors that indicate that a person is addicted to drugs. These include a change in personality and physical appearance as well as an increased amount of attention on obtaining and using drugs. The drug user will lose interest in anything and anyone that doesn’t have to do with using drugs. They will start to lose things in their lives as a result of not following through with responsibilities – such as their job and possessions.

Other drug-using behavior that you may see is that the individual will stop communicating with non-drug users and may hide things that they are doing from family members and other people who are close to the addict. The person may also deny the drug use and become resentful with those that attempt to help him or her.

There are also specific drug behaviors when a person is hooked on a specific drug. For example, when someone is using an opiate; i.e. a drug like heroin or OxyContin or a prescription pain medication, their drug behavior will be such that they will be in an extremely relaxed and euphoric state. When someone is using a stimulant, drugs like methamphetamine or crack cocaine, the drug behavior will be such that they display a significant increase in energy and paranoia.

If you or someone you know is displaying drug behavior call Narconon Florida now at 1-888-968-2124

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