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If a user, someone who is addicted is lucky enough to get into a drug-alcohol-rehab. There is an excellent chance that he/shewill be able to recover from whatever addiction, be it heroin, cocaine, marijuana or alcohol to name a few. Drug-Alcohol-Rehab are all over the country. The problem is that most addicts don't want to recover.They want to get high. When an addict is getting high the results are always the same that is jails, institution and death. The addict comes into a drug alcohol rehab center kicking and screaming cause it is not what they want. The county jail and the prisons mandate a prisoner to a drug alcohol rehab. They can walk away, cause this is not jail, so there are no bars. The prisoner is basically free. The only thing keeping the addict in the drug-alcohol-rehab center is a desire to stop using drugs and alcohol.

In the drug culture that is where people use drugs and alcohol to get drunk and to get high on a daily and regular basis. There is a group that has come about all over the country. It is known as the drug culture and yes, it is a culture within a culture. No matter the color, creed, gender or age. It is fully developed and growing.

For some unknown reason to society, people like to get high and on top of that, they have no idea of the direction that their lives will take usually in a downward spiral.By then it is to late and it is on and on until one of three things happen.

1. They die (overdose or other mishaps)

2. They go to prison (for a long time)

3. They end up in a drug alcohol rehab (a better place)

Recovery from addiction is possible although it is difficult. It can be done. The principles of recovery are many but simple if guided and applied properly. The rehab centers provide this guidance. When you are truly in the grip of addiction and thinking about suicide, what would you do to stop the madness, the using to live and living to use.It is an unending cycle that may not end until the user is in jail or prison. this is where the choice can be made to stop and stay stop by choosing to go into a drug-alcohol-rehab center.

As I wrote in another article "What Addiction Is Not" It begins in most cases as a lark and a party but what happens when the party is over. And the user is still drinking and drugging because of the tolerance and craving for the drug.

People places and things is a sure way to continue the party to be accepted. What addiction is not. It is not fun. The drug and the drink takes on a life of its own and rules and over-rules all else. It becomes an obsession. The physical and the psychological part makes the body crave until a sickness sets in. What has to happen, is the drug or the drink has to be put back in the body (that is called withdrawal) and then "coping" to get the next fix. This can go on for days,months and years. When it goes into years, the culture is born. The immediacy of using is all encompassing, live to use and use to live. Some people have no idea or remember when there was a time when they were not using alcohol and drugs. That is a shame but it is true. Now I do not know the exact number off hand but I know that the addicts and alcoholics number in the millions that is millions of people are using drugs and alcohol.


Curiosity on the part of the people and following their peers. Don't forget the party!!! The damage is done, now it is time for recovery from addiction. Recovery is a process. When most people started using, they started socially and in groups. Now recovery is also a social event. A group of addicts and alcoholics come together in a rehab center to stop using and stay stop. The program is structured according to the people and the addictions that are in play.There are detoxes (hospitals) for medically monitored detox from the substance such as alcohol, heroin,meth and cocaine. This is called addiction treatment. There a lot more substances that are abused but these are the main players.

After the detox and the substance has been flushed from the body, a rehab for long term treatment is appropriate but many people go right back and use again.

A main rule is no drugs or alcohol on the premises or used when out in the community

This is hard for some people to follow. The people who do follow the rules and practice abstinence, soon find out that they can remain sober. Then there is the craving, the dreams, physically and mentally.It appears from what I have been told,it is as if the drug or drink is calling out to them. In the drug-alcohol-rehab, the user learns about this


The drug-alcohol-rehab has what is called tools. Such as group counseling that address this as well as individual counseling sessions. The tools being many and varied are things like "Relapse Prevention,"role playing,positive affirmations and just learning to grow up. Most people stop growing when they start using drugs and alcohol.So a user could possibly be 45 years old but still only move like they are 16 years old. In drug-alcohol-rehab, the growth curve is not hard to achieve in an adult if they apply themselves. The addiction treatment described herein is excellent and the drug-alcohol-rehab is a good starting point.

So with that said, let's say a person is in a drug-alcohol-rehab and they successfully completes the program in 18 months. Graduates receive a certificate. Now that does not mean that they have graduated from using substances.It does mean that they have attended the drug-alcohol-rehab and successfully applied the principles of recovery from addiction to themselves and are suppose to be ready to go back into the community and become a productive citizen. The tests starts upon leaving the program. Usually as a part of the program, the person is helped to get ajob, an apartment and maybe even enter a school for training. That is all good.

The person leaves the drug-alcohol-rehab and goes out to apply the principles to his/her life. All is going well.The apartment is good, the job is great and although the school is good, it is stressful. The trials begin, the craving starts, you know like, "just one hit, nobody is going to know".This person has been introduced to self-helpgroups/meetings such as Narcotics Anonymous and Alcoholic Anonymous and other self-help groups. These are part of the coping mechanism learn in the drug-alcohol-rehab. When the craving starts (tell on the disease in the meetings),it will become afraid and go away. The problem is, it will be back. In the rooms, the user can vent. In the rooms are people just like him or herself who have been there and done that. The help and advice to be gained from these individuals is priceless.

So let's go back to the days that the job is good, the apartment is good but the school is stressful. The cravings start,the negative talk, self-talk starts, such as, "One hit won't hurt and people, places and things." So he/she cops and goes home. The drug or drink is better than remembered. WOW The problem is they cannot stop. The one that wouldn't hurt caused them to lose the job, lose the apartment, get kicked out of school and end up in a homeless shelter. What a bummer. The rooms of Narcotics Anonymous are still there and available, the drug-alcohol-rehab is still available to them if they are not to ashamed to go back. This is when, with some humility they can start again.

The truth is that this did not have to happen. The rooms have what is called sponsors and the 12 Steps. These are the tools to use to prevent relapse because that is what I have just described to you. The tools will not work if you do not use them. For anyone who is reading this and you are are in any part of the process. It works if you work it. Use all of the tools not just some of them.

The drug-alcohol-rehab works and if you need to be there all I can say is go!

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