Let's hypothesize the cause of addiction, after all what causes a person to become an addict. Estimations blame genetics for between 40% and 60% of a person's vulnerability to addiction. OD hypothesizes one predominating factor behind why a person gets hooked on drugs. In our opinion addiction is the result of internalizing a false narrative as a personal truth or norm.
Claiming an addict can’t/won’t get help until they hit rock bottom implies that use is not a problem until a person reaches rock bottom. Most everyone has this preconceived notion that a drug addict is some homeless poor miserable soul with no family who lives under a bridge, I know that’s what I thought, it’s a false narrative that’s the byproduct of preaching rock bottom as a necessity to being a drug addict.
Editor's note: This is not meant to be a criticism of Narcotics Anonymous, Alcoholics Anonymous, or 12 Step Programs. I love the program, rather it is meant to spark the discussion on addiction to change the dialogue and to reassess the problem of drugs in society. Now I’m going to cram more themes into this post than I should try, but here goes...
Most people have no idea what to expect, I didn’t, when entering rehab the first time. In short it’s summer camp. I attended Brighton Center for Recovery, the very same program as Marshall Mathers in July, 2014.
Cravings might be the single greatest obstacle facing a person in recovery for the simple fact that they seemingly last forever. This post is meant to address three questions: how long can you expect them to last, how to best prepare yourself to not fall into their trap, and how to expedite their duration.