Addiction

What is a crack addict?

The term crack addict normally refers to someone who is or has been addicted to crack cocaine, but is also used as a slightly disparaging term for anyone who might be deemed to be a type of drug addict who not only uses crack cocaine, but is a continual addict.

Anyone who is or has been a crack addict is likely to have been addicted to one or more drugs that will have had a serious impact on their health, mental, physical, spiritual, sexual etc.

If the individual recognises that our problem they may well seek help, either by entering an inpatient rehab,  seeking some type of therapy or counselling, going to meetings of Narcotics Anonymous or some similar 12-step organisation.

One of the important thing is to understand is the very stages that are involved in the recovery process, wherever it may take place.

First and foremost and most critically is a need for an assessment as to whether or not a medical detox is needed, and the subsequent overseeing of any medical detox that may be needed by experienced and competent clinical staff, in a safe and secure clinical environment.

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This might well be done in an inpatient rehab, although there are other clinical facilities for any detox could be assessed and supervised.

Once any medical detox has been done if needed, the main work involved in helping someone stay off any type of addictive substance will largely be of a therapeutic nature. This is true whether it is done in rehab or  in a 12 step organisation, the term therapeutic being used in a very importance.

One of the key elements, perhaps the key element for anyone seeking any type of 12 step recovery is the issue around change.

There is often a perception and a much talked about process of the need to change, both externally and internally.

The need for change may be evident in certain areas of someone’s life, but it should also be remembered for many people change seen as a real threat, not as an opportunity. For anyone who has been an alcoholic or a drug addict, their drinking or using will in many ways have seemed to them a way of holding themselves together rather than as the cause or reason for their problems.

For this reason the issue of change needs to be approached often in a very gentle way, party been given to the creation and provision of a safe environment, in which the individual can develop a degree of safety and as such allow the process of change to begin and take place.

 

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Addiction Recovery AA Meetings

Addiction recovery is very generally taken to mean that it is referring to the 12 step recovery process originally pioneered by Alcoholics Anonymous, and then adapted by other organisations to deal with specific problems not related to alcohol, such as Narcotics Anonymous and Gamblers Anonymous.

The notion of addiction has widened considerably over the last few years, and there are two important elements to this recovery process that need to be understood.

Firstly that the destructive nature of a wide range of addictive behaviours and practices can now realistically be treated, in ways that were never possible a few decades ago.

That is not to say that everyone who uses a 12 step program or enters a treatment center will automatically be able to break the addiction, the recovery process is more complex than that, but these areas of treatment recovery do offer hope to many people in a way that simply did not used to be possible.

The other area that can be a cause for concern, is that some treatment centres and rehabs will use the notion of addiction  as a way of effectively been placing clients by promoting slightly spurious addictions that aren’t really a problem, but the rehab treatment center will make them a problem in order to promote their view of recovery.

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Simply because something can seem a bit of an addiction  does not mean that the individual has to enter treatment in order to deal with it.

People can often joke about being addicted to chocolate or ice cream, and in reality for most people that is not a problem. For other people issues around food can be a major emotional block, and they may well need some type of professional help in order to get them to be more emotionally aligned as a person.

It is worth noting that meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous don’t generally refer to addiction, people tend to talk about alcoholism and their understanding of alcoholism as an illness.

Very generally, this is likely to centre around individuals craving for alcohol, and the various emotional drives and problems generated the underlying causes of problems within them that alcohol appeared to be the solution to.

Alcoholism, is understood or not by those who have it, is at least a very complex problems which whilst it certainly includes it type of addiction to alcohol, is way more complex and needs much time and spirit in order to process and deal with it.

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ADDICTION and RECOVERY

Whilst many people use the word addiction in a very general sense to cover a lot of normal day life activities, in the context of 12 step recovery it has a very definite and specific place.

The 12 step recovery movement began with Alcoholics Anonymous, and over time grew to include huge numbers of people who suffered addiction to other substances and behaviours, resulting in 12 step organisations such as Narcotics Anonymous, Gamblers Anonymous and Overeaters Anonymous.

The nature of all these other 12 step recovery organisations was that they substituted a particular substance or behaviour for alcohol, and used the same  12-step recovery program for that specific addiction rather than for alcohol.

In that context, addiction became seen as a widespread illness, with the person who had the illness often referred to as an addictive personality, and their substance or behaviour being referred to as their drug of choice.

This idea of an addictive personality and of that personality using their drug of choice is not  accepted by a significant number of people, although the nature of specific addictions and the problems they cause, and the recovery help available intervals of organisations is generally acknowledged.

ADDICTION and RECOVERY

The nation of an addictive personality stemmed largely from treatment centres and rehabs, where the more cynical view is that they used this concept as a way of furthering their client base, initially only been able to treat people who are alcoholics.

The idea of an addictive personality allowed them to treat people with the same recovery process, irrespective of their addiction, as all the focus went on treating the individual.

The nature of addiction is still widespread, and for many people it can create unbelievable have and chaos in their lives, both internally and externally.

The 12 step recovery process has a number of critics, and is by no means perfect, but does in many ways offer the best hope and chance of recovery for people whose lives are blighted, or trapped in the cycle of alcoholism or drug addiction.

Anyone entering a rehab treatment center is likely to be able to take a certain amount of hope and of value in the wide variety of addiction treatment programs that are offered.

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Addiction

The term addiction has become almost synonymous with a rehab, and the sense that if anyone has an addiction to anything they should be put into a rehab and have the addiction dealt with.

The whole world of addiction and addiction recovery is quite a complex one, but needs to be addressed quite carefully in order to make sure that genuine and harmful addictions are dealt with.

The danger is that the term addiction can be used to cover a whole multitude of sins that in effect block the effectiveness and powerfulness that recovery from alcoholism and drug addiction can bring.

Addiction to alcohol has been an issue in society for as long as most people can remember. Rehabs that began to spring up after the advent of Alcoholics Anonymous began to deal with alcoholism as an alcohol addiction.

After a while rehabs began to admit people who were not only alcoholics but had other addictions as well most notably narcotics or drugs. But often there was an overlap between the two and someone who was an alcoholic would often use drugs and vice versa.

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Addiction became a term that was used to apply to any type of compulsive behaviour that caused serious damage to an individual or their life or their family.

Addiction then became the focal point for a rehab, with the rehab saying that if an individual had an addiction to any substance or type of behaviour such as gambling, then they most likely had what they referred to as an addictive personality.

This meant that the rehab could treat or offer various addiction treatment programs to the individual, almost irrespective of what their focus of addiction was.

There’s no doubt that in a lot of cases this approach works and is hopeful, although a lot of people will dispute the idea of an addictive personality. The nature of addiction is quite complex, and many people get bogged down in the root causes of it in terms of physiology, psychology and medicine. Most of the scope of that is beyond the nature of addiction as is treated in a rehab.

Addiction is often clearer to those affected by it than to the person themselves was addicted to alcohol or drugs. Perhaps the chief value of a rehab is at it gives individual space, even for a short time, to have to own their addiction, be it to alcohol, drugs or any other substance and to get some sort of very basic reality check.

Any type of addiction can be harmful, but should always be weighed against individual’s ability to deal with it on their own, or have to get to space where they need help whether they are in a position to acknowledge that or not.

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Recovering Addict

Recovering addict or recovering alcoholic is a term that is often used by people either in rehab or when they are attending a meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous . It generally tends to mean that they consider themselves to be an addict or an alcoholic who is in recovery from the illness or disease of alcoholism or addiction.

When an individual first enters a rehab or starts attending meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous, one of the first things they will probably hear people say to them or at them is that alcoholism is an illness, and also that addiction is an illness or disease.

However it is put to them, the message is intended to be that they are an individual suffering from an illness or disease not a bad person.

The nation of alcoholism and addiction being an illnesses or disease is widely accepted within the recovery world, and within the medical world, although there are a number of individuals and organisations which disputes these terms.

Once someone has entered a rehab or started going to meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous, and continues to stay sober, they generally consider themselves to be in recovery. This simply means that they consider themselves to have started the process of getting sober and staying sober with all that that entails.

Recovering Addict

This is where the term recovery addict comes from. People who are in rehab, or who tend meetings of both Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous may use the term alcoholic and addict interchangeably, but quite often the time recovering addict seems to cover both.

When an individual gets sober, either in rehab or through AA, there is a sense that physical sobriety has been established and needs to be continued through a number of processes.

Physical sobriety is often taken as a prerequisite to the individual embarking on a lifelong journey through the process of doing a lot of therapeutic work on the underlying emotional drives and issues which may well have fuelled their alcoholism or addiction in the first place.

For many people in recovery they see this journey as a long-term, lifelong process hence they will refer to themselves as a recovering addict. Some people in recovery can get quite purist about this and insist on calling themselves a recovering addict as opposed to a recovered addict or alcoholic.

This is a personal choice dependent upon how people see the nature of their own alcoholism or addiction and thereby refer to themselves as a recovering addict or a recovered addict or recovered alcoholic.

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Addiction Recovery

Addiction recovery is a term given to the process of recovering from alcohol addiction or alcoholism, drug addiction, gambling addiction and a variety of other serious addictive or compulsive behaviours that are seen as either life-threatening or likely to cause significant damage to an individual or family.

The notion of addiction recovery is a broadening of the idea of alcoholism as an illness, with the idea of addiction being a wider church that people can enter into.

Addiction recovery can in some ways be quite a controversial term, often because people tend to think that the idea of addiction as an illness, or alcoholism as an illness or disease simply a bit of a whitewash that allows people to get away with very destructive or life-threatening behaviour.

This can sometimes be true of various individuals, but should not be seen as a black and white issue, or one that divides people. It should be a context within which people can find the notion of recovery helpful, and is in many ways a bit of a distraction to the real issue.

If someone is looking for recovery from a type of serious addiction, then there are a number of routes open to them as a primary resource.

Many people will automatically assume that addiction recovery should take place primarily in a residential rehab or treatment center. This is because rehabs and treatment centers have become the main focal point for the addiction recovery treatment model that most people associate with recovering from alcoholism and drug addiction.

In fact there are many other options that may be worth considering, as well as should be a careful scrutiny of what a drug rehab or an alcohol rehab is offering by way of addiction treatment programs.

Addiction Recovery

Many people who have addiction recovery issues they need help with go straight to meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous and get over and stay sober via that route. Other people go directly to meetings of Narcotics Anonymous, and similarly through meetings and working the 12 step program themselves that way.

By way of addiction recovery treatment, residential rehabs and treatment centres are normally paid for by health insurance, and will require a period of approximately 28 days, although some rehabs do offer longer term programs.

There are also a number of day options, often referred to as partial hospitalisation treatment or simply as day treatment.

These type of programs allow an individual tp privately carry on working and do some type of rehab program in the evening, or to do day programs during the working day, and be able to go home or go to AA meetings in the evening as a type of structured process similar to that of having a job.

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What is addiction ?

The nature and range of addiction has been around pretty much for as long as humankind itself in various ways, but has probably become much more of a buzzword and a concept for a wide range of destructive behaviours and levels of self-destruction in the last maybe 20 or 30 years.

When alcoholism was beginning to be accepted as a progressive illness in the 1930s and 40s, it was the first time really that the nature of someone who had a problem with alcohol or seen as an illness rather than as some type of personal failing.

It was not thought of as an addiction in the sense that smoking is thought of as an addiction. With smoking, someone will sort off almost forcing themselves to become addicted to nicotine, and one started, the nature of striking deepens the addiction until it becomes incredibly difficult for most people to stop.

Alcoholism is different in that it is not a progressive addiction in the way that smoking is. For most alcoholics the need to drink is already present within them, although it may take a while for period for so-called normal drinking before it manifests itself as a compulsion.

When people started developing the idea of rehabs and treatment centres their primary focus was on people who were alcoholics as well as people who had a problem with various types of narcotics and prescription drugs.

The nature of rehabs and treatment centers meant that they began to talk about people who are alcoholics as having an addiction to alcohol, and essentially making the point that there was little difference between the substances in one sense.

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The line of reasoning that came out from rehabs was that the problem was the individual, that they had an addictive personality and that in a sense they had a drug of choice, whether that was alcohol, gambling, food, sex or any type of mood altering substance.

There is a likelihood that rehabs developed this line of debate because it allowed them to treat pretty much anyone on the same basis as being an addictive personality and separating out the individual from their drug of choice.

This sense of understanding of addiction is widely promoted by rehabs, but needs to be looked at with much caution. Alcoholism is different from other types of addictions.

The notion of an addictive personality can be a real distraction from helping the individual. Addictive drugs are addictive by their very nature, not as a result of a personality flaw. Rehabs can be really useful in many ways, but their approach to addiction and alcoholism needs to be carefully understood and examined in order for the most appropriate help to be given.

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What is addiction ?

The notion of addiction has been around for a long time, and the word has been used more in a slang sense in a clinical one for hundreds of years. By slang, the meaning of addiction is treated as more of a factual sense than a problem or illness or disease.

Many people know that they are addicted to cigarettes, but still choose to see it as a choice. Many people will joke about being addicted to coffee or chocolate, meaning they have a real liking for it and see the idea of being addicted to it as almost a bit of a novelty.

Addiction has a much darker side to it, best exemplified by the realisation in recent times that alcoholism is an illness, and is a form of addiction to alcohol that many people have and simply cannot conquer by sheer will of mind.

In addition, since the acceptance of alcoholism has been an illness, much recognition has been generated of people who have real problems with other forms of addiction, such as drugs, gambling, food etc.

The debate but actually what addiction is and isn’t is more of a clinical one than a practical one. Addiction is the main focus for most rehabs and treatment centres, either focusing on alcoholism or addiction to other substances or other problems.

The realisation by way of treatment methods of addiction, be it to alcohol or drugs, is a sense that someone who is an alcoholic or an addict has a number of underlying emotional issues and drives which effectively fuel their illness.

The focus of a rehab, and of the recovery movement such as Alcoholics Anonymous, will be to help an alcoholic understand that the addiction to alcohol is in many ways a symptom of the illness.

The real process of recovery, as recognised through the 12 step programme of Alcoholics Anonymous, is a rebuilding of one’s inner world, which many people will deem as a spiritual process, others as more of a therapeutic process.

Addiction to alcohol or other substances is often seen as a form of moral weakness. What is really important from a recovery point of view is a realisation that an alcoholic or edit seize alcohol as being the solution to their problems not the problem itself.

This is a truth that a rehab needs to own and address, and should be a core part of its treatment philosophy, and should underlie all of its clinical programs.

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