With the world facing increasing levels of substance abuse, alcohol and drug addiction there is widespread interest in knowing whether or not natural addiction recovery can happen.
In earlier times addicts were regarded with scorn or pity depending upon whether the observer felt that addiction was a moral failing – or something over which the addict had no control.
Modern scientific and other inquiry has yielded two primary ways of thinking about addiction.
One is that addiction is handed down by genetic inheritance – that stress and lifestyle factors play a part in activating a genetic pre-disposition to addiction.
The other view is that addicts suffer from low self esteem, and feelings of failure. They addictively use drugs to make themselves feel better.
For many years the “incurable disease” theory has dominated the field of addiction recovery. People with a genetic predisposition, under sufficient stress will turn to addiction for which behavior there is no cure. People addicted to a particular process (such as gambling) or to a substance (such as alcohol) will have to abstain, so as to be considered “recovered” – or at least “in recovery”.
Even if people manage to successfully abstain - they will still feel cravings, a compulsion. Therefore addicts were never regarded as being completely recovered, could not be trusted not to relapse at any given moment. The result has been maintenance drugs to stop cravings, and behavioral modification programs.
Since at least the work of Winick, who in 1962 published a “maturing out” theory of drug addiction recovery, attempts have been made to establish whether natural addiction recovery can happen.
The results of many inquiries are summarized in a work by Waldorf and Biernacki, that reviews studies of recovery in untreated populations of heroin addicts, war veterans, alcoholics and others. They conclude that spontaneous addiction recovery can happen, but that it is a subject not easily defined.
Issues involve what precisely addiction recovery is - definitions range from “many years of sobriety”, to “a return to normal drinking”.
All addicts are prone to relapse, has a heroin user – clean for a year – recovered?
Are people on maintenance programs recovered?
Perhaps a working definition of addiction recovery is when a person is physically clean of the drug, and no longer responds to triggers and life situations by feeling a need to use drugs.
On such a definition it can be seen that traditional methods for addiction recovery fail to reach the mark.
Abstinence alone is not recovery, and people on maintenance programs haven’t even got clean.
For a person to “be in recovery” is a euphemism for failure – people in recovery still have their drug addiction, whether or not they are sober or abstaining at any given moment.
In practical terms, if a practising addict has not used for say, five years – then clearly something has changed in their life. The theory of genetic disease would call it a major remission, the self medication viewpoint would say that the addict must be feeling better, and so no longer needs his drugs.
What we need to know, of course, is what influences have come into the addict’s life that make him no longer want or need to use. The influences that are relevant will always be unique to the person involved. The turning point, the epiphany, the “wake up call”, ‘the light” will be different things to different people.
What turns people away from their addiction is the realization that it is failing or has failed to achieve its intended purpose.
What keeps people from re-addicting is that they have found a new sense of purpose and direction in life, and the strength to do it.
Such people are lucky, and they are rare. For most the pathway of addiction is an ever descending spiral into hopelessness, pain and despair.
Some overdose, die of drug related incidents or disease before destiny or chance provides them with the circumstances, provides all of the necessary factors, at the one time, that enable addiction survival, and recovery.
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Comprehensive programs have a capacity to modify epigenetic structuring, neurological deficits, repair and restore the body and mind to drug free balance and good health.
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Coursework helps to remove the self imposed stress that is caused by our negative thinking, and inappropriate behaviors – the addict empowered, and at all times, completely in charge of his progress.
Given the right conditions, natural addiction recovery can be achieved by anyone – not everyone is fortunate enough to encounter the right conditions by chance or destiny.
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