Certainly not everyone who uses drugs becomes an addict. Tens of millions of people try certain drugs or even abuse them for a while without needing drug treatment. In fact, more than 22 million people abused an illicit drug in 2010, but only about 4.5 million met the criteria for dependence on a drug. (Another 17 million met the criteria for alcohol dependence, however.)
Families may watch young people with concern when they see signs of drug or alcohol abuse. And this is with good reason. Illicit drug, alcohol abuse or even study drug (like Adderall or Ritalin) abuse seldom go hand in hand with a productive, enjoyable life. Even if it does not progress to addiction, they can delay a person in reaching his goals or prevent goals from being reached. If arrest, injury, unwanted sex or unwanted pregnancy occur as a result of drug or alcohol abuse, those goals may become unreachable for some people.
So how does a family determine where to draw the line? When one has worked with the addicted and with drug rehab programs for a while, it's clear that the place to draw the line is really no substance abuse at all. Any substance abuse can progress to a habit that controls the person and all his or her decisions. This is a choice a family has to make for themselves.
But when it comes to deciding who needs an addiction recovery program, that is a little more clearcut. Addiction recovery is needed when a person has habits that controls him. When he has promised to focus on studies or job but fails to keep the promise. When there are problems accumulating: legal, health, relationships, family, money. When possessions go missing in her home or the homes of family or friends.
If these signs are noted as soon as they start to occur, there is enormous damage that can be prevented. An effective rehabilitation program early in the appearance of these signs can save lives.
Drug or alcohol addiction does not have to be the end of dreams. The long-term residential recovery program offered at Narconon centers around the world put people back in condition to achieve their goals. Since 1966, Narconon rehab programs have offered an impressive success rate of more than 70 Percent.
A cornerstone of the program is the Narconon New Life Detoxification Program. This step uses time in a low-heat dry, well ventilated sauna, generous nutritional supplements and moderate exercise to flush out residual toxins that lodge in the fatty tissues of the body. These residues have been shown to be involved in the triggering of cravings, even years after drug use ceases. Before being flushed out, they not only help trigger cravings but can also result in foggy, slow thinking and a dull outlook on life.
When this detox is done, those completing it normally talk about feeling better and more positive and having lower cravings, or none. It is an essential component to a lasting recovery.
This step is followed by a thorough handling of the life skills that will be needed to stay sober. Like a restoration of self esteem, ability to isolate those people around whom one may return to drug abuse, and having a moral code that serves as a stable guide in life.
Learn more about this program that has helped tens of thousands of addicted people return to the achievement of their dreams. Call a Narconon drug rehab center today.