Cravings—The Downfall of Sobriety
Addiction, a growing epidemic that has crept into our schools, into the lives of our children, and loved ones can be handled when one can address the cause of cravings and stop them. There are many factors that will lead a person to use drugs or alcohol as a solution for life. One of the first factors that need to be addressed is cravings. Cravings indicate that the body and mind are requiring a certain substance. The Narconon program in Louisiana recognizes how vital it is to address cravings in an individual in order for them to permanently stay off drugs and alcohol.
Cravings result when an individual has consumed enough drugs and alcohol that their body now requires it—this often happens after only a few uses. When the body no longer has the drugs and alcohol in its system, it reminds the individual that it is “necessary” and needs more. There are several ways in which this will manifest itself. Some people get very sick without the drugs or alcohol they’ve been consuming, some people can’t stop thinking about the drugs or alcohol, and all too frequently both manifestations will impact a person. This makes abstaining from drugs and alcohol almost impossible.
In particular, the Holiday season is a time when these cravings are more heightened. Most addicts will attempt to stay clean from any hard drugs and alcohol when spending time with family, however, these attempts are usually in vain. While trying to stay away from these substances, their bodies demand it even more. Oftentimes the holidays are a time of pain and torment for addicts. While their loved ones are celebrating, addicts are constantly thinking about their next high. On top of the urgency to stop the cravings, they will feel guilt associated with their drug addiction, and the addict will often use even more during this time.
However, there is a way to overcome cravings. Narconon Louisiana, a long-term, inpatient drug and alcohol facility, located just outside of Baton Rouge, employs a unique detoxification process to significantly reduce drug cravings. Clients are called students (not patients) because they are learning how to live a life free of drugs. A key to addressing addiction cravings is the New Life Detoxification step in which students participate in a carefully worked out regiment of dry heat sauna, exercise, vitamins, nutritious food, and other nutrients. This method allows the drug metabolites that are stored in the body to release. When an individual consumes drugs or alcohol the metabolites attach to the fatty cells and remind the body that it wants the substance. Upon completing the sessions in the dry heat sauna, students are able to overcome their cravings and confront their addiction without the barrier of ever-present cravings holding them back.
Eliminating cravings, paired with finding out why the student resorted to drugs in the first place, is what makes Narconon Louisiana so successful. In a field where the average success rate is between 12 to 20%, Narconon Louisiana rises above that with the vast majority of its students obtaining permanent recovery from drugs and alcohol.
Addiction can be handled if one addresses cravings as well as the reasons behind the drug use. Contact Narconon Louisiana if you or someone you know is in need of help.
Written By Doctor Rohit Adi
When he’s not traveling the world, Rohit can be found at his home base in Baton Rouge, shopping at the farmer’s market or jogging the path surrounding his newly acquired farm. A native of India, he has lived in Chicago, Illinois and Pennsylvania before calling the Deep South his home. His passions are his family, organic gardening and helping others as a Medical Doctor and Addictionologist.