Whether talking about any drug addiction: alcohol addiction, cocaine addiction, methamphetamine addiction, or even heroin addiction, the pattern is the same:
The person tries to escape some physical or emotional pain by taking drugs.
This could be a physical or emotional pain, or the discomfort of boredom, peer pressure, lack of social skills.
The person finds that the drugs offer temporary relief, so continues to abuse them.
When the person uses the drugs it seems to handle their immediate problem. With continued use of the drug, the body’s ability to produce certain chemicals is diminished because these chemicals are replaced by the drug. The body uses the drug as a substitute for it’s own natural chemicals. Deprived of it’s own resources (and the ability to create them) the body perceives that it needs the drug to function and demands the drug, through physical cravings.
The cravings are a way of making the person get more drugs to be able to function at all. Drug cravings become so severe that the addict will do almost anything (in many cases, abandoning all previous moral teachings) to get more of the drug. People who are addicted will find themselves doing things they would never have contemplated before.
The addict commits misdeeds against family, friends, and themselves to satisfy unrelenting cravings. These misdeeds include lying, stealing, cheating, anything to get the drugs to satisfy the drug cravings.Because of these misdeeds, The person is now entrapped in full blown drug addiction. Waiting won’t help a drug addict. No matter what they say, if they haven’t quit using drugs by now, they won’t, without help. Don’t wait.
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Why can’t they just stop using drugs?
Don’t they know this is ruining their lives?
Why can’t they see what it’s doing to them?
No one intends to become addicted to drugs or alcohol. Unfortunately many of us do. Drug addicts don’t become addicted with the intention to destroy their lives and to cause upset to those they love.
These conditions are the by-product of drug addiction. The drug addict lies to everyone, things start missing around the house, and the dishonesty conveyed is proportionate to the severity of the addiction. These things are apparent to those living with an addict.
Our experiences show that the drug addict or alcoholic is usually an intelligent and most often creative person with much hope for the future. This 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 drug addiction.
Drugs are essentially pain-killers. They cover up emotional and physical pain, providing the user with a temporary and illusionary escape from life.
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.
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. Soon enough the person feels the need to use consistently, and will do anything to get high.
Narconon understands the reason why someone becomes an addict. We know why it so difficult to get off drugs and stay off them.
We understand the reason, and thus, we have the solution to drug addiction.