Living With An Addiction is No Life At All

If you are addicted to alcohol or drugs like heroin, prescription painkillers, cocaine, or crystal meth; we don’t need to tell you how awful it can be. Addiction destroys the individual and negatively impacts everyone who loves them. Not only is a substance use disorder life-threatening, it causes unmanageability in all areas of life.

Here are just a few of the many consequences experienced by those who have a drug or alcohol problem:

  • Problems with family
  • Loss of employment
  • Poor work performance
  • Financial difficulties
  • Physical illness
  • Drug withdrawal
  • Mental health issues
  • Cognitive impairment
  • Legal problems
  • Homelessness

Addiction never gets better if left untreated. It only continues to progress with time. In addition to the many problems we have listed, those who have a problem with substance abuse also experience a sense of mental, emotional, financial, and spiritual bankruptcy. The cycle of addiction is destructive indeed. Let’s talk more about this.

The Disease Concept of Addiction

In the United States, the most commonly held view of addiction is the disease concept. This is the idea that substance abuse leads to an illness of the mind, body, and soul – one that requires lengthy addiction treatment.

Most recovery programs in the U.S. focus on this disease ideology. They approach an addicted person as a sick person who needs extensive, ongoing (and every expensive!) rehabilitation in order to enjoy a sober lifestyle.

According to the disease concept, someone with a drug or alcohol problem is powerless over their own mind once it has become sick. The desire to use intoxicating substances overrides rational thinking. This will cause an addict or alcoholic to abuse mind-altering substances in spite of the many negative consequences that are showing up in their life as a result.

From this perspective, addiction becomes a vicious cycle that is driven by obsession and compulsion. The addicted person becomes mentally obsessed with their next drink, pill, fix, or high in the form of cravings. These thoughts become overwhelming and consume the mind until the person gives in. Once that person has started drinking or using drugs, compulsion will force them to continue to use more even though they don’t want to.

Most addiction experts in the United States will tell you that this is how the disease of addiction works. Obsession and compulsion keep an addicted person trapped in a never-ending cycle of substance abuse until that cycle is interrupted with addiction treatment.

Our Perspective on the Cycle of Addiction

We do not necessarily agree or disagree with the disease concept. Generally speaking, we stay neutral on the cause of addiction and stay focused on treating it. What we do know is that substance abuse in any form leads to bad places for individuals and brings heartache to their family members. We want to bring healing to our patients.

There is truth in the idea that obsession and compulsion are powerful motivators for continued and excessive drug and alcohol abuse. We also definitely agree that cravings and withdrawal can keep people stuck in a loop. Cravings kick in, which motivate substance use, which brings about withdrawal, which delivers more cravings, which results in continued substance abuse.

Basically, someone who is trapped in the vicious cycle of addiction is doing the very best they can to manage their own life – which has become completely unmanageable due to substance abuse. Another thing we agree on is that this cycle must be interrupted in order for the “sick person” to get well again. We believe this can happen with one ibogaine treatment.

We Recommend Ibogaine as The Antidote to the Cycle of Addiction

At New Roots, we treat addicted patients with ibogaine. Studies have shown that this psychedelic plant medicine can effectively and efficiently interrupt the cycle of addiction.

There is no need for a month-long stay at our luxury facility or in-depth therapy with one of our counselors (although recovery coaching is provided). Our program is only seven days. It immediately treats the physical and mental aspects of addiction in a way that no other treatment can.

By almost completely eliminating cravings and the nasty symptoms of withdrawal, one ibogaine treatment essentially resets the brain’s neurotransmitters and returns the brain to its pre-addicted state. This stops obsession-compulsion in its tracks. No more cravings. No more withdrawal.

When an addicted person no longer has to battle cravings and withdrawal, they become free to get the help they need without being at war with their own body. This makes addressing the underlying issues that caused the addiction in the first place (whether it is a childhood trauma, the death of a loved one, or some other challenging situation) possible.

If you have a problem with addiction, you can stop the vicious and destructive cycle of addiction and get your life back on track. We’re here to help.