Narconon Arrowhead Offers Information on Disease Theory of Addiction in New Release of Booklet

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There are various schools of thought currently in vogue within the medical, scientific and chemical dependency communities regarding whether a person is biochemically or genetically predisposed to alcoholism or addiction; with one school of thought advocating the “disease concept” of addiction.

Those who start down the path of addiction begin to accumulate so much damage to their physical and mental selves and their lives that the quality of their lives in general deteriorates.

The Disease Theory of Addiction

The school of thought which advocates addiction as a disease embraces the notion that it is an inherited disease; one with the addicted person being chronically ill genetically and even including those individuals who experience long periods of sobriety.

Narconon Arrowhead, an effective rehabilitation center located in Canadian, Oklahoma, delivers a non-traditional and holistic approach to rehabilitating the addict or alcoholic without drugs and advocates the ability of the person to attain lasting sobriety and go on to live a happy, productive life free of drugs.

Longtime Executive Director of the center, Gary W. Smith, wrote the recently released publication, The Life Cycle and Mechanics of Addiction. With decades of experience as a dedicated professional working in the field of chemical dependency with the goal of drug-free and long-term rehabilitation of the addict, Smith presents a welcome understanding as to the true nature of addiction and the actual barriers to recovery.

A Different School of Thought

Smith presents us with a different school of thought as to addiction—what it is, what causes it and what can be done to remedy it. In order to understand the resolution of addiction, a person must first understand the life cycle of addiction, hence the writing and publication of The Life Cycle and Mechanics of Addiction.

The data and understanding shared in this most recent issue of the series points out that this information “is universally applicable to addiction”, no matter which school-of-thought theories are being used to explain the chemical dependency phenomenon.

The Life Cycle of Addiction

Smith shares the facts and knowledge of addiction and what drives it in an easily understood style of writing, enabling those who read it to walk away with new and useful understanding, and enabling them to take lasting effective action to resolve a substance abuse problem.

Common to all addicts, the life cycle of addiction begins with a problem, some form of emotional or physical pain or discomfort for the person. Despite the person experiencing the problem being basically good, as are the majority of people in our society at this time, he or she is encountering a problem for which they do not have a solution. It could be a situation of painful emotion—a not fitting-in with others as a teenager or the emotional pain of losses in life; or it could be something such as the actual physical pain of an injury.

Whatever the origin, the person has no immediate solution to handle the major and persistent problem the pain or discomfort presents. It is for this reason that persons from all walks of life, from all age groups, from all socio-economic levels of society, will begin to use potentially addictive drugs or alcohol.

The use of the chemical substance provides temporary relief, and the person assigns value to that relief. The drug or alcohol is then adopted as a solution to the problem, and the person assigns value to the drug or the alcohol. This value assigned is the only reason he or she ever drinks alcohol or uses drugs a second, third or more times.

Smith also includes the additional factor of peer pressure influence, and the factor of drugs or alcohol making the person feel better when they felt bad in some way, hence the relief value.

The Downward Spiral

Thus begins the downward spiral of addiction, wherein the person begins to walk the path of addiction, accumulating unto themselves so much physical and mental damage, and damage to their lives. With drug and alcohol use continued unchecked, the person is eventually faced with an overwhelming number of unpleasant life circumstances, resulting in despair and misery. The desire to medicate them away as the only escape is the downward spiral of addiction.

Smith has presented us with a workable address to understanding and resolving addiction, and The Life Cycle and Mechanics of Addiction is a must read for anyone seeking resolution to the problems of substance abuse and recovery.

To access the publication online, please visit or download it here.

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