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Colorado Drug Rehab Addictioin Treatments and Ethics

Why Ethics Are The Most Element in Total Recovery


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After 30 plus years of examining which addicts recover and live fruitful lives and which ones don't, the most deciding factors is whether the person had real ethics change in their lives. Of course there are other addiction problems that have to be handled before you can raise one's awareness to a point that they can discern the value of these types of changes and understand why it is important.

Anyone that has lived with an addict or worked with them knows that they all exhibit non-survival attitudes that translate into repeated troubles, which leads them to needing alcohol and other drugs to medicate their losses and disappointments.

Many parents, usually fathers, become frustrated that they can't get their addicted child to listen to "common sense". It isn't a matter of their not listening, at a level lower than their consciousness, they are motivated to repeat the same destructive behaviors again and again.

These behaviors come from the fact that your loved one feels terrible about what he is doing and how it is hurting others as well as how he is being damaged. Many find this hard to believe since the addict appears to be so self-centered that it looks like every action comes from a place where the addicts only cares about getting his drugs no matter the cost to himself or others. A common expression of these behaviors is seen in the loyalty that addicts show for each other at the expense of loved ones, society and the law.

One must keep in mind that a change in ethics is a change in attitudes and how one see's himself in relatioinship to others. As an addict, it is difficult to have any compassion for others becasue ones' IQ is suppressed by the toxic nature of alcohol and other drugs and the compelling need or cravings to have their Drug of Choice or any other drug that will take away the compulsion and end the anxiety of continually needing these chemicals. Many people get the idea that those persons that are addicted have character disorders and can only think about their own needs and don't have the capacity to care or love others. It certainly appears that way, but whn you take into account that they are struggling to process the data that life is giving them and you add to that the burden of almost constant cravings, you be better understand why they appear so selfish and why they do things with a disregard of the consequences. ( At the Center that I directed, we had over 100 patients and, at any given time, at least half were still having legal consequences because of bad legal decisions or possession, etc.)

So, until you get effective biophysical treatment that increases the IQ and then changes their ideas, you can expect an addict, whether he is using or not, to think in "black and white", be overly self-consumed, arguentative, unreasonable, and any other adjective that leads them all to problems and makes the lives of their loved ones miserable.

This page doesn't allow for a complete explanation or treatise on the subject, but believe me when I tell you that you have to get the addict to a place where his/her IQ is high enough that they can begin to understand the importance of their ethics. Once they change their operating basis to a place where they are begin to get positive regard from others for their new ethical changes, they are on their way to staying clean.

In looking for effective treatment programs, I have found that programs that don't get their patients to this point will have relapse quickly and will, many times, blame the addictive disease when there are other programs that make these fundamental changes and have success and never talk about whether there is such an animal as an addictive disease.

I have had hundreds of addicts tell me that being addicted longterm feels like being possessed. They don't want to hurt others and especially their loved ones, but they can't stop themselves. Living with an addict and experiencing the pain of the "wrongs" that they have done to you, makes it hard to believe that this is true. They have so many justifications for their antisocial behaviors that you soon feel you must have done something wrong that caused irrepepuable damage and that you can never make up for whatever you believe is causing their anger and pain. This isn't the case. What you are experiencing is the way the mind works for any of us, but most of us aren't having to violate our moral codes on a daily basis and we live more in touch with our ethics.

It is all coming from a base that all addicts are good people! That right, I said all. I have known a few that were hiding it really well, but basically they were good, just like the rest of us. If any of use were driven to steal and hurt the ones we loved without being aware enough to recognize our wrongs and make amends, we will all have the same behaviors and angers that we see in our addicted loved ones.

To understand more about this phenomena, call as talk to me and I will explain further.

Mac (Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor)

Affective drug treatment programs are available, but strangely enough, they aren’t the most profitable or prevalent, so it is important to know what constitutes an affective treatment program.