The Sad Part of Drug Abuse
One sad part of abusing drugs is that a drug abuser loses the ability to really feel any emotions at all. Drugs dull a user's senses and after he has been abusing drugs for some time, he may not really feel any emotions. This loss of sensitivity may show up as not feeling joy, losing the ability to laugh, or maybe not even feeling sadness or grief when it is warranted. He may not even be aware that his emotions are sort of "turned off." This is the way a drug user feels - not really feeling anything. He is numb.
Unfortunately, if an addicted person even starts to get sober, he will be hit by two strong sensations: guilt and depression. He may have to lie, cheat or steal to maintain his habit and he may feel really guilty as his victims are often his family members and those he loves. He ends up in a vicious cycle of needing more drugs so he never feels sober so he can't feel the guilt and depression.
But once he's stolen his mother's jewelry, it is hard to face his family again. He has completely lost any hope of a clear conscience. If it weren't for the overwhelming need to get more drugs at any cost, he would never commit such crimes.
Costs of Abusing Drugs
Drug abuse costs an estimated $600 billion every year in the US alone, including lost productivity, health and legal system costs. As the National Institute on Drug Abuse states, "As staggering as these numbers are, they do not fully describe the breadth of destructive public health and safety implications of drug abuse and addiction, such as family disintegration, loss of employment, failure in school, domestic violence, and child abuse."
The individual often pays an even higher price. Sometimes he doesn't even survive.
Where to Turn when your Family Member Needs Help
Family and friends of drug users may desperately try to see that their loved one gets help. Sometimes it takes a very strong effort to ensure that your family member gets to a safe and effective rehab program before it is too late. It may take the skill of an interventionist to convince the drug user that he needs to get help.
Whatever it takes for your loved one, it is vital to get help right away.
Narconon Provides Real Effective Help for Recovering From Drug Abuse
The Narconon drug and alcohol rehabilitation program has been providing help to those recovering from the trap of drug abuse and their families for more than forty-six years. It began in an Arizona State prison in 1966, founded by an inmate named William Benitez. Since that time, Narconon has grown to a network of nearly fifty residential rehab centers on six continents today.
The Narconon program is highly effective, consisting of eight distinct steps to help the recovering user address both the physical and mental or emotional aspects of abusing drugs or alcohol. The result is someone who is confident that he can maintain his life without the need for drugs again. A testament to the program's effectiveness is the large majority of Narconon program graduates worldwide who do regain long-lasting sobriety.
Kevin Found His Self-Confidence Again at Narconon
Kevin arrived to Narconon Arrowhead in Oklahoma feeling scared and lost. When he left, he said he was leaving with his self-confidence restored. That was one of the largest gains he achieved with the help of the Narconon program.
Kevin said, "My biggest win was the ability to think freely again and not be clouded and jaded by ‘Am I gonna get caught?' or be freaked out thinking, ‘Is somebody going to find out I'm using drugs?'"
After the program, Kevin said, "I'm free from that. I can make my own choices; I feel confident in my choices and I know I'm a better person for it."
Kevin said that his feelings returned after being at Narconon, "I hadn't really laughed out loud and felt that true laughter in a long time. Well, after about a month I got that laughter back."
This can be your family member's success.
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