How to Help Someone Through Drug Withdrawal
It would be safe to say that anyone who is addicted to drugs wants to quit. Certainly, some are more aware of the desire to quit than others are, and many are doing everything they can to convince themselves and others that everything is okay. You will have a hard time, however, finding a drug addict who would not like to kick the habit and get a fresh start in life. Why don’t more do it? For most, the answer is simple: withdrawals. If you haven’t personally experienced drug withdrawals, you might have a hard time grasping the concept. You’ve probably had cravings before, like when you decide to quit sugar and then can’t resist the temptation to eat a cookie. That is not what drug withdrawals are like. Maybe at some point you’ve been a regular coffee drinker and then decided to quit. The headaches, the nerves and the irritability that you may have experienced after giving up caffeine are a closer approximation of drug withdrawals, but they still fall short of the mark in an attempt to understand the situation that a person faces when quitting cocaine, prescription painkillers, heroin or some other addictive drug.
Drug withdrawal is among the most challenging experiences that a person will ever face. In a video recently posted online by Narconon International, Bobby Wiggins explains why this is. Bobby is a registered addiction specialist who has been working with Narconon for several decades, and in the video he tells us that there are two major aspects of drug withdrawal, the physical and the mental. The physical side of withdrawals has to do with the fact that the addict is typically running with a severe nutritional deficiency, and is also suffering from the body’s physical dependence on the drug. Consequently, an addict in withdrawal will usually suffer from severe aches and pains. At the same time, the addict will usually be mentally stuck in the past, focused on his or her problems and not truly looking at the environment where he or she actually is. This condition can be summed up under the term, “introversion,” which simply means that his or her attention is turned inward. Ideally, a person’s attention should be turned outward on the environment, since a condition of extroversion makes it easier to respond to situations, to perceive the factors necessary for solving problems, and to enjoy present time.
How does Narconon Handle Drug Withdrawals
When a person checks into rehab at a Narconon center, the staff take immediate action to help him or her to ease through the process of withdrawal. The experience of withdrawal is never easy, but it doesn’t have to be torture. First, the Narconon staff give the addict a specific set of nutritional supplements to help ease the body aches and pains. The supplements serve to supplant what the body is missing by not getting the drugs, as well as to facilitate the process of recovery. Simultaneously, they begin delivering a series of assists which are intended to get the person to focus their attention on the outside world and get them extroverted. Achieving this end can take hours or days, but whether it happens quickly or slowly, it is entirely worth it. The person is no longer stuck in the past, is more able to face the challenges involved in rehab, and is ready to move forward. Most drug rehab programs don’t feature such a comprehensive approach to detoxification and withdrawal; instead, they just help the person endure through the ordeal of withdrawal symptoms for as long as necessary, or worse they actually put the addict on other drugs, something that undermines the purpose of quitting. Their approach to withdrawal is yet another thing that sets Narconon apart from others in the field of addiction treatment.
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