Recovery from addiction would be the ideal result of a drug rehabilitation treatment program. The concept of recovery is aptly defined by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration Services (SAMHSA) as a process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live a self-directed life, and strive to reach their full potential.
Based on this concept, an addicted person seeking help could work-out for themselves what it would mean to them, to be healthier and more physically well; to choose the direction of their life rather than it being driven by drug-seeking and abuse and the addiction lifestyle; and to determine for themselves what it means to them personally to fully reach their own potential.
Consequences of Addiction
Addiction can be defined as the condition of compulsive and repeated seeking of and use of drugs, alcohol or other similar substances despite the adverse physical mental and social consequences.
Addiction is ordinarily accompanied by physical and mental dependency on the abused substance and the presence of withdrawal symptoms upon the termination or rapid decrease in the addictive substance.
One of the overriding consequences of addiction is the fact that the addict no longer leads a self-directed life. The addict is no longer the captain of his or her own ship, but is controlled by the drugs and the drug use.
Addiction is a downward spiral wherein the individual begins to accumulate so much damage to their mental and physical self, and the quality of life in general can deteriorate to a point of not being liveable. With continued substance abuse, the person is eventually faced with so many unpleasant situations and circumstances that each sober moment is filled with misery and despair.
In seeking to escape these unpleasant and unwanted feelings of misery and despair, the person seeks to medicate them away. This is the trap of the downward spiral of addiction.
It is common knowledge that for most addicts, there are only three possible ways out of the dwindling spiral of addiction and all it entails. There is sobriety. There is prison. There is death.
There is Hope
One man, in his search for sobriety, found Narconon Arrowhead and the Narconon drug rehabilitation program. His addiction was serious and long-term, and he was left with very little hope of every achieving sobriety, or being able to reclaim his life from addiction. This is his story.
His name is Tom, and he arrived at Narconon Arrowhead with only a glimmer of hope. He had been addicted to heroin and methadone for twenty years. Despite countless efforts and failed attempts of help, he had resigned himself to the idea that his chance for happiness as a drug-free person was about as likely as a five-million-to-one chance of hitting the lottery.
He said that no matter how overwhelming it seemed, he just could not bring himself to accept the alternatives, those of prison or death. Despite everything, he still cherished the thought of living a drug-free existence.
Once he arrived at Narconon Arrowhead, he decided that if he could, and if it was at all possible, he would make a genuine and real effort to make it. Tom added that once he experienced the caring, loving and committed Narconon Arrowhead staff members, his commitment to making it became “I can”, and “I will.”
Three months later, Tom was able to say that he was drug-free, and in control of his adult life for the first time. Five weeks shy of turning 38-years old; he was able to say he now had a future as a drug-free and happy member of society to look forward to. What had seemed impossible had now become a reality.
Tom said he found his purpose as a person, that he was no longer afraid for his future and he was willing and wanting to help his fellow man.
He finished by saying, “The time spent at Narconon Arrowhead has been nothing short of life-saving.”
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