Addicts go through many changes throughout their journey. Most begin with experimentation, but quickly develop a dependency and addiction. Along with the severity of the addiction come many behavioral and physical changes. It is most often the friends and family members of the addict who first see the changes, as the addict begins and continues to deny them. Physical changes can include:
- weight loss
- pale skin
- no responsiveness
- decrease in energy (lethargy) or excess energy
Depending on the drugs used, there are many different, and serious physical changes that can occur as well including:
- rapid or slowed heart rate
- rapid or slowed respiration
- extremely high or low blood pressure
- the possibility of strokes
Psychological changes include:
- losing touch with reality
- even psychosis
Many who do substance abuse also become violent, even if they never were before. All of these things can improve with the help of Narconon’s long term drug rehab program.
Behavioral Change in the Addicts
Behavioral changes are frequently noticed in addicts. They not only can become violent, but they begin to manipulate people, steal, and become secretive. They may disappear for hours or days without contacting loved ones. They often shut themselves up in their rooms and won’t allow anyone in. Most addicts become very good liars. It is important to note that those with substance abuse issues have one goal; to get and take more drugs or alcohol. They will use any means available to accomplish this task. Loved ones of addicts often say they no longer even know the person because of their behavioral changes. Addicts will say or do anything to get and stay high. Throughout the long term drug rehab at Narconon, the student will learn about addiction; what triggers it, and why it makes them act differently. In fact, the student will learn more about himself than he ever knew before.
Now is the Best Time
An addict is ready for Narconon long term drug rehabs when they, or someone they love notices there is a problem. It does not have, nor should it wait until all of the above mentioned changes have occurred. Although any addict can overcome addiction, it is easier to handle if it is caught early. Often, it is the loved ones who first reach out, because of course, the addict will deny any problems. It is an outdated theory that only an addict can first reach out for help. Many substance abusers have, even reluctantly, agreed to get help at the urging of family and friends. Intervention is also a possibility and is often successful. The important thing is that someone, anyone, reaches out to get help for the addict.
The Narconon long term drug rehabs provide the structure, safety and proven methods to help addicts overcome addiction. Most students stay an average of 3-6 months in a safe, temptation free setting which is often located amidst beautiful surroundings. The time and care given to the students allows them to concentrate on themselves, and conquering their addictions. It also allows time to learn the many helpful courses which are taught at the facilities. Learning how to communicate more effectively, how to better understand themselves, and making better decisions are only a few of the courses the students take. Time is the best healer as long as it is combined with drug-free detoxification and helpful life skill courses. It does take time to properly overcome addiction, and to unlearn many of the bad habits picked up by addicts. The student at Narconon long term drug rehabs stays until they feel they are ready to start their new, fresh, drug-free life outside of the facility.
To get your loved one started on the road to recovery, call Narconon today: 1-877-782-7409.