What is Addiction? Does Addiction Treatment Work?

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Addiction is Repeated Behavior, Thoughts

Addiction is the repetition of a behavior or thought pattern which takes on a life of its own. The individual is left in a state of addiction when a desire is acted upon that takes hold and then takes over, There is a saying, “first, the man takes a drink, then the drink takes a drink, then the drink takes the man.” What is the reason, however, that people get addicted to drugs or alcohol or any other behavior that is harmful? Why do people get addicted at all? What kind of addiction help is available? The author describes a viable and virtually free alternative addiction treatment.

Fear is the Primary Reason Behind Addiction

Fear, pain, unhappiness and poverty are a few of the multitude of reasons people are propelled into seeking relief with drugs or alcohol or other depressants or mood changers. Temporary relief and euphoria may be experienced as a result of the consumption of drugs and/or alcohol. For a few fleeting seconds, minutes or hours, the inner experience may be perceived as “healed.” The feeling of pain is not as intense while experiencing the chemically induced euphoria. The body and mind responded to the ingestion of the chemical. The problem is that the result is only temporary. Drugs or alcohol have not solved anything. They have created more problems, not less. When the effect diminishes another problem arises – the desire to repeat the process. . It is a never ending cycle..

Drug Programs and Workshops

But society has known this and has been educating us on this topic for decades. It is reasonable to assume that almost every child, teenager and adult in countries with public education have repeatedly heard about the dangers of drugs and alcohol. In more recent years, the information and warnings have been conveyed to students in programs, workshops, courses, and seminars. It is therefore not the lack of information or knowledge of the dangers of drugs and alcohol that draw people to their abuse, is it?

The Mind Thinks About 25,000 Thoughts Daily

There are reasons that go much deeper. People live in fear and pain and are not taught how to relieve the pain naturally, from within. In short, the educational system does not teach people the proper way to use the mind, or the proper way to think. This may sound ridiculous at first. I am not in any way suggesting or encouraging students to be taught what to think. Of course, everyone has the right to think whatever they want to think. Although educated about the problems of drugs or alcohol, students generally are never taught how to quiet their minds from the incessant thoughts that cause the suffering to begin with. It is estimated that the mind thinks some 25,000 thoughts per day – and most of them are repeated. Of course there are many factors which influence the individual, including the big two, genetics and environment.

Addiction Determined by Genetics and Environment

Individuals obviously have no control over their genes. We are all born with the genes that have been passed down to us. Similarly, a child has no power over where he or she lives. The circumstances are as they are. As genetics and environment are spoken for already, what power or control does a child have over his life? Ah ha. This is where we can empower children from a very young age – as well as adults, at any age. We can teach the students how to use their minds to think properly, and, we can teach students how to quiet their minds from its incessant, repetitive thoughts. We can teach children how to experience inner peace, which is a result of learning how to intentionally quiet the mind. I want to be clear here: I am not advocating the use of any religion, dogma, philosophy or school of thought. I am advocating teaching the student the art of inner peace through the use of simple quieting techniques. I am advocating offering the student the tools of self empowerment by teaching how to create a peaceful and quiet mind.

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