Drug-Rehabilitation starts after successful detox and stabilization.
Drug-Rehabilitation. It is said: The teacher will appear when the student is ready.
Waiting? For What?
Are you waiting for Drug-Rehabilitation to change or when you have a heart attack, develop diabetes, go bankrupt, go to prison, or your partner leaves you?
You are aware there are serious drawbacks in waiting until you are in the emergency room, or jail to decide to change. Sometimes you get locked-up or just die.
Federal Prisons have about a million inmates there for substance dealing.
You’ll find folks there for codeine, cocaine, crack, Demerol, ecstasy, heroin, LSD, marijuana, meth, morphine, oxycontin, opiates, precocity, GHB, steroids, xanax and many prescription and non-prescription drugs. Your choice.
Just as you'll find them in Drug-Rehabilitation.
Sometimes the disease, lung cancer for example, is not reversible. Better to reap the rewards of health and serenity by stopping your addiction. Just quit using now. Why do so many have to wait until they are in too deep?
Drug-rehabilitation follows detoxification and stabilization. Detox is the first step to rehabilitation. It can take up to a couple of weeks or more. Depends on which substance you used and for how long.
Physical and mental stabilization are necessary first. Drug-Rehabilitation, the second phase, is directed to gaining control of daily life.
Addiction is a search for immature gratifications. It is self-seeking behavior, like that of a dependent child. Overcoming addiction, drug addiction in particular, means growing up and taking on an adult role.
Drug-Rehabilitation also means addressing any left-over codependency issues.
In Drug-Rehabilitation and the recovery process you’ll learn to take responsibility, not only for yourself and your behavior and actions, but also for the other people in your life.
You can no longer see yourself as a powerless addict. You may no longer feel a need for addiction, so it no longer has a place, a presence, in your recovered life.
The following material may be the most important information about Drug-Rehabilitation you’ll ever read. Work to understand how it relates or affects your personal life.
And that’s any addiction, whether we used substance abuse, for example, alcoholism or other drugs, or food, or behavior, such as sex, porn, or gambling, to initially deal with our shame, stress, boredom, cravings, or whatever.
We use substance and behavior addiction to produce temporary pleasure with which to dislodge our pain, stress, or shame.
We need Drug-Rehabilitation to find less addictive, healthier ways to ease or let go our pain. Marvin Minsky illustrates this view of addiction in a recent magazine article. He also presents a useful perspective on addictive behaviors. He say,
“Pleasure, like pain, is thought of as being sort of simple, absolute, innate, basic thing, but as far as I can see, pleasure is a piece of machinery for turning off various parts of the brain.
It is like sleep. I suspect that pleasure is mainly used to turn off parts of the brain so you can keep fresh the memory of the things you’re trying to learn. It protects the short term memory buffers.
That’s one theory of pleasure. However, it has a bug, which is, if you gain control of it, you keep doing it; if you can control your pleasure center, then you can turn off your brain. That’s a very serious bug, and it causes addiction.”
Minsky goes on, “ That is what football fans, pop music fans, and television watchers, and so forth are doing. They’re suppressing their regular goals and doing something else. It can be a very serious bug.
As we’re starting to see in the young people who play computer games until they get fat.
Minsky relates the activities to our current social behaviors which mirror addictive behavior. We’ll certainly see examples of these activities and behaviors as we cover Sex Addictions on that set of screens.
Addiction is the symptomatic malady of our time, essentially a search for immature gratifications. It is as we started: Self seeking behavior, resembling that of a dependent child.
As we mentioned earlier, drug addiction in the US offers an addictive buffet. And, in addition, there is often over-whelming peer pressure for eating, drug use and alcohol consumption.
Monitoring the Future, revealed that 53 percent of twelfth graders had tried an illicit drug, while 78 percent had tried alcohol and 62 percent had been drunk. Talk about the Booze Problem.
Is there a need for Drug-Rehabilitation? Absolutely. More than a quarter of high school seniors had used an illicit drug in the past month, 49 percent had consumed alcohol in that time, and 30 percent had recently been drunk.
What accounts for the rejection of antidrug and anti-alcohol messages?
We Americans use many drugs, our preferences change. The evening news television commercials are a litany of different drugs with a treatment for almost every known and some hardly known pains, stresses, or concerns, from bowels to social anxiety.
Drug addiction and illegal use follow along. Drug-Rehabilitation tries to take up the fall-out. Take cocaine as an example. Cocaine rose from the 60s to the 80s peak of 1.7 million new users. Then declined but again came back up to 1.2 million in 2001.
Why cocaine? Users describe attaining and liking the stimulant effect. Energizing feeling. Everything is intensified. Can do it all. Sharpens perception. Feel invincible. Top of the world.
See how these feelings match Minsky’s comments above.
You possibly came to Personal Recovery Tools because you or someone you care about has a problem with addiction and you considered Drug-Rehabilitation. You want real help. Perhaps you may want to consider outright abstinence for sobriety.
First off…individuals stop using, give up their addictions on their own all the time. Tens of millions have quit smoking without a specific treatment. Actually, it is close to half of all who ever smoked.
Addiction recovery is an Inside Job for each of us. Not Out There.
Lets look at the bigger picture of Drug-Rehabilitation for just a moment.
Think about it. Addiction is big business. From the activity the substance provides to the treatment-recovery facilities and programs, to those personally affected by the actions of the addicted individuals, from the street to domestic violence to emergency rooms.
For example, consider law enforcement. We have over two million people in federal prisons. Addictions, including drugs, alcohol, and behaviors is involved in the majority of cases.
Of course, Federal and State agencies spend a fortune on different aspects of addictions, including Drug-Rehabilitation for substance abuse.
However, not all countries take the US approach to addiction as a disease.
Some stress self help. It is important for you to know that independent self-motivated cure for addiction, called natural remission, is possible. You can fight your own addictions, whether to drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, shopping, or gambling…you name it.
Self Help Works, all the time.
The following are some examples to keep in mind when confronting your own addiction.
People all around us quit their addictions without addiction treatment. How do we know? Because so many of us, our friends, and our loved ones have quit addictions, including the most common drug addiction, smoking.
Alcoholics and drug addicts who smoke, rate smoking at or near the top of the list of hardest addictions to quit. Almost no one drinks or takes drugs as constantly as any smoker, unless he or she is a caged animal in a laboratory study.
How do so many people quit addictions?
We all understand what the basic tools for living are. These are the same tools needed to overcome addiction. The activities which give rise to a satisfying life, also enable you to quit your addiction.
All addictions are essentially similar. They are powerful, sometimes over-powering involvement to which you turn for security and gratification when you fail to find better gratifications in the rest of your life.
When you turn to an experience, any experience, for solace to the exclusion of meaningful involvements in the rest of your life, you are engaged in an addiction. Sound too simple?
In Drug-Rehabilitation, or how to beat your addiction, you’ll find those with the strongest values and motivation to change, succeed at quitting addictions.
Of course, we feel there are satisfying activities of real life which are enhanced by prayer, meditation, and spirituality. You’ll find connecting links for those screens on the top left above.
Friends, intimate relationships, families, jobs, work skills, education, and health, are the tools for Drug Rehabilitation. And these are the satisfaction factors which help prevent addiction in the first place.
If you have such assets, you are helped in overcoming an addiction. Interventions can focus on what you have and what you may lose. If you don’t have these personal assets, you may need help to acquire them for your recovery.
All change occurs because of decisions people make for themselves. The most powerful tools for bringing about change is allowing people to follow their own values and preferences.
They then accept the goal of change. They pursue it with the means at their disposal. People quit their addictions when they begin to get more satisfactions for living without their addiction than they got from feeding the addiction.
ROI is your return on your recovery investment. The benefits from addiction only loom large because they are so immediate and familiar. We forget the high costs we pay for our addiction in the heat of the moment.
When we pause, we can realize our addiction costs exceed any benefits.
As a user of this site, you have probably already decided that you want to change or you want to help someone change.
The issue that you face is how to establish new behaviors and how to maintain them over the course of your non-addicted life.
Drug-rehabilitation is like trying to maintain a new weight loss behavior. New weight loss behavior is probably as difficult to maintain as staying off drugs. It is everyday, and all day.
Ultimately, it is your ability to gain rewards and satisfactions from real life that will be the firmest bulwark against relapse to addiction. You need immediate rewards to support your new behavior. Find some now.
Support groups can provide these. Consider participation.