Alternative Recovery Resources

*+-It’s true that drug or alcohol addiction is a condition not only the mind but also of the body. Bodies become dependent on drugs. As their tolerance grows, it takes more of a drug or alcohol to create the same effect that used to be created by a smaller amount. When the drug is withdrawn, the body goes through aches, pains and sickness as it tries to adjust back to its normal physical processes without drugs. An individual becomes accustomed to dealing with life’s problems by drinking or using drugs. When high or drunk, it is harder to feel pain,…

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Seeking Recovery for Crack Cocaine Addiction

*+-When crack cocaine roared through the American landscape in the late 1980s, it tore many people away from their productive, enjoyable lives and their families. Crack is a toxic drug, very harsh and quickly addictive. Those who became addicted to crack in many cases quickly lost everything and resorted to criminal actions to support their habits. Men may resort to criminal acts like theft and muggings and some women may use prostitution as solutions. When a person is at their worst in the midst of crack cocaine addiction, it may seem like an impossible dream that they would ever be…

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Mick’s Recovery from Drug Addiction

*+-A few beers stolen out of the fridge at home when he was a kid didn’t create any particular attraction for Mick. He avoided any drug or alcohol use during high school – he didn’t even smoke cigarettes. In the end, he and a friend decided that should try out these substances that everyone else was using, so they used some LSD as their first drug experience. He enjoyed the experience so much that he thought he should try some of the other drugs he had been missing. That was a fateful decision. In his second year of college in…

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How to Achieve Lasting Recovery from Drug Addiction

*+-When the true factors that underlay addiction are addressed and handled, then addiction recovery can be long lasting. When these factors are covered up with medication or psychiatric diagnoses, the recovery may not be so durable. Only uncovering and addressing the reasons a person began to abuse drugs and repairing the damage done by addiction can enable a person to stand strong and stable on his own two feet and create a long-lasting, drug-free life for himself. What are these factors? Very simply, they are cravings, depression and guilt. It has been found that these three factors are present in…

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Joe’s Recovery from Heroin Addiction

*+-The first drug J.P. from Baton Rouge ever used was heroin. He was twelve years old. Running with an older crowd, he did what they did and what they were doing was heroin. From that point, there were few drugs he didn’t use. Marijuana, more heroin, alcohol, pain pills, methamphetamine. It seemed like he didn’t become as addicted as easily as others around him. In fact, it was years before he became addicted. Once he began messing with pain pills, his use got more frequent and he finally entered the zone of addiction. He couldn’t stop stop taking them without…

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ALCOHOL RECOVERY – PART IVb – LEARNING HOW TO LEARN

*+-So let’s pull all this together now, and explain why one of the early steps of the Narconon program for alcohol recovery is a study course. We all know that there is a crisis of education in this country. We have long been told that a large portion of our population of young people suffer from “learning disorders.” So we are told. And we have doctors who claim to know what to do about that. These “solutions” usually involve putting that young person on powerful mind-altering drugs, drugs like Ritalin ( methylphenidate.) Let us take a look at what the…

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ALCOHOL RECOVERY – PART IVa – LEARNING HOW TO LEARN

*+-So far, everything we have talked about has been directly related to alcoholism or, more accurately, the drinking of alcohol. As you might guess from the title of this part, we are now going to talk about a part of the Narconon program that, on the surface, would seem to have little to do with alcohol recovery. But here is where you are going to see more differences between the Narconon program every other program. We do want to make it clear that no other program offers the New Life Detoxification Program. But many programs talk about detoxification , so…

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ALCOHOL RECOVERY – PART III – THE NEW LIFE DETOXIFICATION PROGRAM

*+-WITHDRAWAL VERSUS DETOXIFICATION Having gotten the alcoholic through drug-free withdrawal we have him to the point at which he can think in a reasonably straight line. He is no longer ruled by the need to procure his next drink. He can communicate with others and, more importantly, is at point he is WILLING to communicate. He actually has accomplished something else, something most people would not recognize to be the case. In real terms, he is no longer a ”using” alcoholic, nor is he medicated to camouflage the desire. But he has not had a drink in at least a…

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ALCOHOL RECOVERY – PART II – WITHDRAWAL

*+-MEDICALLY SUPERVISED WITHDRAWAL Withdrawing from any substance to which one has become addicted is not easy. In fact, it is one of the most difficult things a person can experience. No inquisitor of the middle ages could have devised a torture which is actually worse than withdrawal from drugs and alcohol. In addition to the pain, anguish and suffering which can be caused by drug withdrawal, withdrawal from certain substances can actually cause effects which are harmful or, at the extreme, potentially fatal. Any legitimate rehabilitation program will take this into account, and will include procedures to insure that the…

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ALCOHOL RECOVERY – A PERSPECTIVE Part I – Introduction

*+-If you watch or read the news today, if you look at what is capturing the headlines, it really comes down to only a few major topics. Obviously, the current state of the US economy and the gridlock in the government is one major attention getter. But another major topic weaving its way into our “news consciousness” is articles about celebrities who have addiction problems. This week the headlines contain a particularly ironic twist – the untimely death of Amy Winehouse. Take a look at headline that just appeared on musicrooms. net (http://www.musicrooms.net/showbiz/38272-amy-winehouse-died-from-giving-up-alcohol.html). “AMY WINEHOUSE’S FAMILY REPORTEDLY BELIEVE THE SINGER…

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