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girl in troubleIf you are seeking help for yourself or for a loved one, you should be educated on the subject of addiction and/or abusing drugs, medication, alcohol or even inhalants in order to make an informed decision about the correct treatment option. The following facts and information are provided to fulfill this need. We hope you find it helpful. If at any point you have further questions, please feel free to call us (877) 340-3602.

With inhalants, abuse occurs the very first time one tries to get high off any chemical vapor. Inhalant addiction can occur after chronic use. What needs to be understood immediately, is that inhalants destroy the body and mind. Not only can the user inflict irreversible damage to themselves the very first time they try to inhale toxic chemicals, but they can easily die. According to the National Inhalant Prevention Coalition, "Every year an untold number of individuals die as a result of intentionally inhaling common, legal, everyday home, school and office products."

As with all types of addiction, the addict is trying to overcome conditions in their lives through "self-medication" as opposed to handling situations which may be causing them stress or unhappiness. Addiction is a constant and unrelenting effort to medicate in order to alter the feelings and perceptions of the person inhaling. Simply put, if an individual is basically happy with their life and has the ability to identify and solve problems where they exist, they are far less likely to abuse any drugs. Drug abuse, including the abuse of inhalants, is a symptom of other underlying problems. The individual abuses in an attempt to relieve themselves of the underlying problem. Of course the underlying problem goes undetected as their chronic inhalant use consumes the life of the abuser and the loved ones affected by his or her detrimental and chaotic behavior.

As is true with illegal street drugs and even prescribed medications, one of the facets regarding long term use is that the brain adapts to the presence of chemicals and makes adjustments. Because of the chemical changes in the brain due to the constant use of inhalants, when a chronic inhaler attempts to halt his/her drug use, the brain signals the individual that the substance is needed to function. This is a major cause of drug cravings both physically and mentally.

All drug abusers experience these cravings for some period of time after ceasing drug use. Drug cravings will diminish over time as the individual discontinues the use of drugs and/or alcohol and the brain function returns to normal. This process can take several months. Inhalant treatment needs to be administered carefully as seizures or convulsions could occur during detox.

click for official website for Drug Abuse Solution dot comThe Narconon® program, first established in 1966, is unique. It is a proven get off and stay off drugs program. In addition to becoming drug-free, a Narconon graduate knows how to communicate, live a clean and ethical life, help others and contribute considerably to his family, friends and society at large.

The key to the success of the Narconon program is the Drug Rehabilitation Technology developed by author and humanitarian, L. Ron Hubbard. This methodology has been used successfully by hundreds of thousands of people around the world to rid themselves of the need for drugs and to regain control of their lives.

Mr. Hubbard developed exact techniques to deal with the physical and mental problems brought about by drug use. None of these solutions involves the use of any drug.

The Narconon program is packaged in a series of standardized steps which are done in an exact sequence. These techniques and learning programs help the individual withdraw from current drug use, get into communication with others and the environment, remove the residual drugs from his body, gain control of himself and his environment and reach the point where he can take responsibility, not only for himself, but others as well. The program also addresses and handles the reason why the individual started using drugs in the first place and arms him with the knowledge and certainty he needs to lead a happy, drug-free life.
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The Life Cycle and Mechanics of Addiction - Part I

By Gary W. Smith

Executive Director
Narconon Arrowhead

Whether a person is genetically or bio-chemically predisposed to addiction or alcoholism is a controversy that has been debated for years within the scientific, medical and chemical dependency communities. One school of thought advocates the “disease concept” which embraces the notion that addiction is an inherited disease, and that the individual is permanently ill at a genetic level, even for those experiencing long periods of sobriety.

Another philosophy argues that addiction is a dual problem consisting of a physical and mental dependency on chemicals, compounded by a pre-existing mental disorder (i.e., clinical depression, bipolar disorder or some other mental illness), and that the mental disorder needs to be treated first as the primary cause of the addiction.

A third philosophy subscribes to the idea that chemical dependency leads to permanent “chemical imbalances” in the neurological system that must be treated with psychotropic medications after the person has withdrawn from their drug of choice.

The fact remains that there is some scientific research that favors each of these addiction concepts, but none of them are absolute. Based on national averages, addiction treatment has a 16% to 20% recovery rate. The message is pretty clear that these theories are just that, theories, and we have a lot more to learn if we are to bring the national recovery rate to a more desirable level.

There is a fourth school of thought which has proven to be more accurate. It has to do with the life cycle of addiction. This data is universally applicable to addiction, no matter which hypothesis is used to explain the phenomenon of chemical dependency.

The life cycle of addiction begins with a problem, discomfort or some form of emotional or physical pain a person is experiencing. The person finds this very difficult to deal with.

Here is an individual who, like most people in our society, is basically good. He has encountered a problem that is causing him physical or emotional pain and discomfort that he does not have an immediate answer for. Examples would include difficulty “fitting in” as a child or teenager, puberty, physical injuries such a broken bone, a bad back or some other chronic physical condition. Whatever the origin of the difficulty is, the discomfort associated with it presents the individual with a real problem. He feels this problem is a major situation that is persisting. He can see no immediate resolution or relief from it. Most of us have experienced this in our lives to a greater or lesser degree.
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