Addiction starts for many different reasons–to ease stress, to numb pain or loss or loneliness, to cover up insecurities, to have a good time, or to be accepted by friends.  It can also start unexpectedly, as is often the case with prescription drugs–a person may find himself addicted when all he was doing was trying to manage pain from an injury.  It takes a lot of courage to walk the road back to recovery, and for those who do it, they may be at risk for another addiction.


It is estimated that one out of every four addicts switch addictions, which is known as cross-addiction.

Cross-addiction may occur in many ways:

•    An alcoholic may become addicted to sugar because his body craves the carbohydrates from alcohol.
•    Someone formerly addicted to heavy drugs such as heroin or coke might start binging on alcohol, thinking nothing of it because it is not an illicit drug.
•    An alcoholic may turn to more powerful drugs such as opiates.
•    They may turn to non-drug-related addictions, too, such as gambling, food or sex addiction.

Former addicts often start or increase tobacco use, as well.

Why It Happens

A person may relapse or turn to a different drug for many reasons.  A former addict may be so confident of his recovery that he attempts a small amount, thinking he can now control his addiction, but things can quickly get out of hand.  Someone may turn to a different drug because he knows that his drug of choice is off-limits.  It may occur accidentally, when a recovering addict is prescribed medication that reminds him of the rush of being high.

The reason for addiction in the first place needs to be addressed.  If a person was pushed into drug use by his peers, it will be very difficult for him to fully recover from drug use if he is still surrounded by the same people.  For some, even returning to their previous environment can cause relapse.  If drugs were used to fill a void or numb a loss or other emotional pain, this will need to be addressed or relapse or cross-addiction could occur.

What most addiction centers don’t know is that drugs stay in the body long after the user has stopped taking them.  Chemicals and toxins embed themselves in the fatty tissue of the body, and even years after taking drugs a person can experience the effects of the drug again if it becomes dislodged and re-enters the bloodstream.  Many of those who battled addiction describe suddenly finding themselves high even a decade or more after using.  This can also lead to cravings and re-addiction.

How Narconon Centers Handle This Problem

The Narconon program offers a precise technology to remove all traces of toxins from the fatty tissue of the body so that a person can live drug-free for the rest of his life.

This is through the use of a dry heat sauna where clients can sweat out toxins in intermitted periods. This program is very specific and is also done with a full vitamin regimen, plenty of water and cold pressed oils.

Once complete with the Narconon sauna program, clients feel cleaner, and more capable of resolving the mental and emotional aspects of the problem. The result is that seven out of ten Narconon graduates remain permanently drug free after treatment.

For more information on the Narconon treatment program or to find one of our Narconon centers contact us now.


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