Addiction is a Spiritual Crises.
"Addiction is NOT a psychological or pharmacological problem, and CANNOT be solved by the methods of psychology or pharmacology. It is, at root, a SPIRITUAL concern, because it represents a misdirected attempt to achieve wholeness, to experience inner completeness and satisfaction."
I think the reason we're trying to achieve wholeness, inner completeness and satisfaction - is the fact that we live increasingly in a state of dis-ease. Living in a world of instant gratification where everything is geared towards rushing along at breakneck speed - we lose touch with our center and core that provides us with the peace, comfort and strength we need to flourish and find true happiness.
Living 'on edge' most of the time - which induces states of high stress and anxiety - means something has got to give sooner or later. And that dis-ease we experience eventually catches up with us - whether it be as a disease/illness, any form of eating disorder, mental breakdown or naturally addiction, whether it be alcoholism, drug related, gambling etc.
Of course a lot of it stems from our upbringing and ultimately our sense of self-worth. Because let's face it, most of us that have ever developed a problem with alcohol or drugs have self-esteem issues (which are generally formed in early childhood) - and whatever our drug or substance of choice may be, it provides us comfort from that nagging voice in our head constantly reminding us we're not good enough.
Drugs and alcohol help us forget, while at the same time allowing us however briefly to feel okay about ourselves. But until we face our demons and make peace with the person looking back at us in the mirror, flaws and all, we'll never find redemption from our self-inflicted torture.
Through treatment tailored to individual needs, people with drug addiction can recover and lead productive lives. The ultimate goal of drug Addiction Treatment is to enable an individual to achieve lasting abstinence, but the immediate goals are to reduce drug abuse, improve the patient's ability to function, and minimize the medical and social complications of drug abuse and addiction. Like people with diabetes or heart disease, people in Treatment For Drug Addiction will also need to change their behavior to adopt a healthier lifestyle.
Basis for Effective Treatment
Scientific research since the mid-1970s shows that treatment can help many people change destructive behaviors, avoid relapse, and successfully remove themselves from a life of substance abuse and addiction. Recovery From Drug Addiction is a long-term process and frequently requires multiple episodes of treatment.
Based on this research, key principles have been identified that should form the basis of any effective treatment program:
· No single treatment is appropriate for all individuals
· Effective treatment attends to multiple needs of the individual, not just his or her drug addiction
· An individual’s treatment and services plan must be assessed often and modified to meet the person’s changing needs
· Remaining in treatment for an adequate period of time is critical for treatment effectiveness
· Counseling and other behavioral therapies are critical components of virtually all effective treatments for addiction
· As is the case with other chronic, relapsing diseases, recovery from drug addiction can be a long-term process and typically requires multiple episodes of treatment, including "booster" sessions and other forms of continuing care
Residential Drug Rehab Programs can also be very effective, especially for those with more severe problems. For example, therapeutic communities (TCs) are highly structured programs in which patients remain at a residence, typically for 6 to 12 months.
Patients in TCs may include those with relatively long histories of drug addiction, involvement in serious criminal activities, and seriously impaired social functioning. TCs are now also being designed to accommodate the needs of women who are pregnant or have children. The focus of the TC is on the re-socialization of the patient to a drug-free, crime-free lifestyle.
Treatment Within the Criminal Justice System can succeed in preventing an offender's return to criminal behavior, particularly when treatment continues as the person transitions back into the community. Studies show that treatment does not need to be voluntary to be effective. Research suggests that treatment can cut drug abuse in half, drastically decrease criminal activity, and significantly reduce arrests.
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