If you are researching or studying the subject of addiction, you will come across many statements that addiction is a disease. Many professionals and government agencies present this statement in the guise of a proven theory. The idea can be very convincingly presented with plenty of scientific evidence and brain scan images.
But if addiction can be overcome based on a completely different premise, this seems to disprove the necessity of believing that addiction is a disease. We will make this very clear to you in a moment.
What are the Advantages of Classifying Addiction as a Disease?
There are several. First, it places addiction into the realm of medicine. With 22 million customers in the US alone and tens of millions more outside the US, this creates a broad customer base for the medical industry. Pharmaceutical industries are hard at work creating new drugs that they can market to this industry.
Historically, pharmaceutical companies have already marketed heroin, morphine, codeine, opium, methadone, buprenorphine and its formulations as Suboxone and Subutex, Antabuse and other medications into the addiction treatment field. Some of these drugs are given for an extended period of time — sometimes for years, meaning a steady business for the medical doctors administering the drugs and the pharmaceutical companies.
Since most of these drugs are opioids, pharmaceutical companies are working on medications to treat addiction to stimulants such as cocaine and methamphetamine. There is one doctor who has been working for 25 years to develop a “vaccine” that would prevent people from feeling the stimulating effects of a drug like cocaine.
The claim that there are “dual diagnoses” — in other words, that there is a secondary condition existing in many addicted people — that can be treated with other medications opens the door to prescribing and selling benzodiazepines, antipsychotics, anti-depressants and other drugs to those in treatment for addiction.
Next, it is far easier to operate within the confines of insurance coding when medical science can say that addiction can be classed as a disease.
Additionally, when someone believes that addiction is a disease, they may fear that using nutritional, faith-based or alternative methods of overcoming addition may be ineffective. In fact, all these aspects of addiction recovery have been known to help people live clean, sober lives after addiction.
A Better Definition for Addiction
Addiction is a condition characterized by repeated, compulsive seeking and use of drugs, alcohol or other similar substances despite adverse social, mental and 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.
The founder of Narconon, William Benitez described his understanding of addiction:
“I realized that drug addiction was nothing more than a “disability,” resulting when a person ceases to use abilities essential to constructive survival. I found that if a person rehabilitated and applied certain abilities, that person could persevere toward goals set, confront life, isolate problems and resolve them, communicate with life, be responsible and set ethical standards, and function within the band of certainty.”
Using the written works of L. Ron Hubbard on the human mind and the spirit, Mr. Benitez found that he could recover from his heroin addiction after many years of not being able to overcome the condition. He went on to develop the earliest form of the Narconon program and had good results helping other inmates recover. Then after he was released from prison, he opened the first Narconon center in Los Angeles and continued to help hundreds of addicts find sober lives.
The Proof is in the Result
A review of average recovery rates from addiction, executed across the US, shows that only 16% to 20% of people recover from addiction at conventional drug rehabilitation centers. Some types of treatment have even lower rates.
At Narconon drug rehabilitation centers around the world, the large majority of graduates stay clean and sober after they go home. This is among the best recovery rates in the field.
Before you commit to any drug recovery philosophy, talk to a Narconon intake counselor and learn the rest of the Narconon story. This may be the one and only rehabilitation program you or your loved one will ever need. Call today to get accurate, science-based information you can use to make your decision.