How Does Addiction Begin
Suppose you were driving on your way to an important appointment. You’re late and still have some ways to go, so you’re driving as fast as you think you can get away with without being pulled over by a traffic cop. Suddenly, you notice the temperature gauge on the dashboard of your car is rising swiftly as the engine is getting hotter for some reason. Concerned about your vehicle, you don’t know exactly what’s wrong, but you also know that you can’t let anything stop you from getting to your appointment. You keep driving, and the temperature gauge keeps rising, making you even more worried about your vehicle. Then, you’re struck with inspiration, a solution to your problem. One of the papers you’re bringing to the appointment has a piece of tape on it, and you tear this off along with a small scrap of paper to cover up the area of the dashboard that shows the temperature gauge. Problem solved, right? You can now focus on driving because you don’t have to think about the temperature gauge and what it might mean for your vehicle.
Of course, you haven’t even come close to solving your problem. On the contrary, you have actually made it worse, because continuing to drive while your engine temperature is skyrocketing can do damage to the vehicle. What you have done in this scenario, in fact, it essentially what a person does at the beginning of an addiction to drugs. The root of drug addiction is explained in detail in a new video posted online recently by Narconon International. Bobby Wiggins, a registered addiction specialist who has spent the past few decades working with Narconon, uses diagrams and examples to lay out the mechanism behind addiction, the fundamental conflict in a person’s life that causes him or her to become an addict. How does addiction begin? The formula can be stated simply as “intention, counter-intention,” or even more simply as “a problem.” A person has some type of purpose in life, a goal or an objective to pursue. He or she then runs up against a counter-intention. This could be some type of environmental circumstance, it could be a disability or a physical condition, or as is often the case, it could be the goal, purpose or intention of another person.
Problems Are at the Base of Addiction
The person who has become an addict can be found to have turned to drugs or alcohol as a “solution” to a problem, some type of intention/counter-intention in his or her life. As in the example with driving your car, of course, the drugs do not actually solve the problem; they only mask it. Getting high might give a person a way to escape from a turbulent home life, a way to experience relief from work-related stress, or a way to numb the physical or emotional pain caused by an injury or a major loss. Drugs, however, will not actually handle any of these problems, and just as masking the car’s temperature gauge allowed you to keep driving when your car actually needed repairs, the drugs will usually make life worse. The problems that drive a person to drug use usually only get more difficult to handle the more drugs a person uses, and the increased stress, upset and pain will make it “necessary” to use even more drugs. This is how an addiction begins. Simultaneously, the physical aspect of addiction takes hold, as the person’s body becomes physically dependent on the drugs. One of the reasons that Narconon works so well is that the program includes steps for addressing the fundamental problems that caused a person to become an addict. Furthermore, the program equips the person with tools for handling life, so that he or she is more capable of resolving problems without turning to substance abuse. It is a unique approach to addiction treatment, and its effectiveness is demonstrated by the outstanding rate of success for which Narconon is famous.
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