Treatments for Addictions--Why Some Work and Some
Some drug treatment programs work very well
while others fall short-why is that? There are several programs available on the
market today that an addict can choose from. How is an addict, his friends or
family who is concerned about his treatment; know which one to choose? There is
an answer that makes sense.
One of these programs is religious based, and uses religious teachings to scare
the addict into submission. Religious virtues are used to help the addict start
walking the straight and narrow. But why do these programs have a very low
success rate? This particular program uses a very narrow view and seduces the
client into another addiction-it is religion-and probably one of the most
seductive and hardest addictions to overcome. Because the cure and the reward
don't come until one has died, and in religion one is expected to endure the
suffering. Ironically you cannot leave this program without enduring the effects
of religion's addiction. There are clients who have used these programs to break
away from their addiction. However many of them have had to break away from the
addiction acquired during the process. The addiction is subtle, but it is always
in the back of one's mind. Other than television it is the number one addiction
in the world today. This program focuses on the soul and is really abstract in
Another program uses drugs to wean the client away from his/her addiction. The
one most obvious issue I have with this program is that it teaches the client to
use drugs to cure illness. He will carry this thought with him for the rest of
his life-the hidden message is it's OK to reach for a drug treatment to cure
anything. So it doesn't really matter what your circumstance-there is a drug to
repair it. There are some clients who have used this treatment successfully and
have managed to erase the buried message that it is OK to use drugs to cure any
problem. This program covers the body only, and is completely physical in
nature. But there is a better way.
There are others kinds of treatment programs that have varying degrees of
success or failure. They all have one thing in common. They lack the combined
three elements of a successful program that will bring lasting change and
I am not an expert on drug or alcohol addictions. I am an expert on Holistic
Healing, in that I know when you treat the three elements of your existence you
create a lasting distance from illness. Addiction is an illness of body, mind,
and soul. All three must be treated at the same time.
I own a 16 year old vehicle. I bought it 5 years ago and it only had 71,000
kilometers on it. It now has 240,000. I drive it hard and long. It has never
failed me or left me on the side of the road. I have a deal with it. It treats
me well and in return I will treat it well and take care of it. If I never drove
the car; it would never break down. If I abuse it, it will let me know of its
dissatisfaction eventually. Some cars are poorly built and even though care is
taken, they still break down. But even then, if they were never drive they would
last in original condition with no repairs.
The point I am making here is that repairs on machines and repairs to illness
are caused by the same thing. Repairs are thoughts manifested by a mind. It is
the mind that abuses the drivability of a car. It is the mind that abuses the
body. "Mind" is the common denominator for accidents, repairs, and illness. Keep
running your car over nails and you will continue to repair your tires. It is
the mind that believes the car can do it without consequence, or it is a death
wish. But it is the mind that drives the car. It is the mind that drives the
body. Keep feeding it drugs and the body will respond with a very strong
Putting new tires on the car will only temporarily resolve the issue. In order
for you to correct the resulting flat tires, you must treat the driver; you must
know why he makes the choices he does. Why does he move the car through the bed
of nails? Likewise if you find the reason for your addiction, you will be able
to treat the body effectively. It makes no sense to treat the body only to be
cured, to make the same mistakes again. In the process of creating the
circumstances of your life; there is a three step process that works-thought,
word, and deed.
So, at some level of your consciousness there is reason or purpose for your
addiction. It doesn't happen by chance or by accident, because it is the mind
that creates it. Many addicts have recovered only to start their lives over
again on a completely different path. The addiction facilitated a move to
another way of life that the individual may never have imagined or considered.
This happens more times than I can count. It's the body's way of getting your
attention and it works.
Many people who have experienced adverse conditions in their life and who have
turned it around express gratitude for the experience. That may sound sick to
some minds, but it is what was needed at the time. If you have every read "A
Child Called It" or "A Man Named Dave" by David Pelzer; you will understand.
These books chronicle a young boy's early years of abuse by his mother. There
has never been another story written of greater child abuse. As an adult, Dave
Pelzer has publically stated his gratitude for the experience. It brought him to
a place of greater awareness of whom and what he is, and he is now able to talk
to people about child abuse. Good holistic treatment always has the same result.
It brings people to a turn in the road that is holistic and in harmony with what
the soul wishes to experience in its physical lifetime. This is something I have
learned from my NLP training. The body can cure itself, if the ego becomes aware
of why it is sick or why it has accidents.
Understanding this element of the creative process brings unlimited power to the
individual to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Illness, accidents and even
addictions are not natural-they are created in the mind for a purpose.
The most effective treatment programs for any illness include all three elements
of the human condition. The Conroy Program is a completely holistic based
program and there are several private companies that use it to treat their
Holistic treatments and natural medicines are fast becoming part of the
mainstream treatment for all illnesses. It's not just the body-it's the driver
that needs treatment. If the driver is not thinking healthy; the body/car will
respond erratically. You can never get rid of illness; you simply manifest an
experience of illness or no illness in your life. Holistic programs teach
patients how to live on the creative side of good health. It is not the end of a
life of addiction, but the beginning of a healthy lifestyle. The experience of
addiction ends when the addict decides he no longer wishes to create it.
Roy is a resident of British Columbia, Canada. An international published author, a student of NLP, spiritual philosopher, New Age Light Worker, Teacher and Phenomenologist. Roy's books and articles are thought provoking, and designed to empower your imagination.
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