Battling drug addiction is by no means easy. It involves a complex process where success is largely dependent on the full cooperation of the individual suffering from drug addiction as well as the support of family and friends. While breaking the dependence is achievable, proper rehab and treatment is almost indispensable if a higher rate of success is desired.
Drug rehab and treatment requires a comprehensive approach, taking into account such factors as the type of drugs used, duration of the addiction, any medical complications, as well as the social needs of the drug dependent. Even if the physiological issue has been addressed properly, a drug dependent will still go back to drug use if the main psychological trigger still exists.
While it is complex in nature, drug addiction is indeed treatable. Because drug addiction is a chronic, recurring illness, it may require repeated treatments until total abstinence is achieved. Through a rehab and treatment program, an individual with drug addiction can ultimately recover and lead a productive life.
12-step program of Narcotics Anonymous
As published in its website, www.na.org, Narcotics Anonymous (NA) “is a nonprofit fellowship or society of men and women for whom drugs had become a major problem. We are recovering addicts who meet regularly to help each other stay clean. This is a program of complete abstinence from all drugs. There is only one requirement for membership, the desire to stop using. We suggest that you keep an open mind and give yourself a break. Our program is a set of principles written so simply that we can follow them in our daily lives. The most important thing about them is that they work.”
NA’s 12-step program is based on the following principles:
- We admitted that we were powerless over our addiction, that our lives had become unmanageable.
- We came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
- We made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
- We made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
- We admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
- We were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
- We humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
- We made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.
- We made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
- We continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
- We sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.
- Having had a spiritual awakening as a result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to addicts, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.