World Health Organisation says;
“There is no magic solution in treating substance dependence. It is a long process, with varying services, not always adequately available or provided. This is a chronic recurring illness, needing repeated treatments until abstinence is achieved. Aftercare is essential to successful recovery, as well as compliance and responsibility of the patients themselves”
The above extract from the WHO Document on Myths and Facts says it all. It deals with the problem, the hurdles and the potential solution. That one simple paragraph demonstrates why we at SafeHouse Rehab Center take substance abuse so very seriously. It is a killer illness. Of that there is no doubt. Many people only get the one chance to find the way out, and SafeHouse might be that chance. Even more addicts and alcoholics never even get that one chance. Some very lucky individuals get many chances, on which they fail to capitalise. There are only three possible outcomes. They ‘get it’, they die, or they continue trudging their painful and soul-destroying rock bottom to ever increasing degradation. We want them to get it!
This extremely powerful analysis also supports the SafeHouse doctrine that “an addict or alcoholic is not a bad person trying to get good or an immoral being seeking morality, but a sick person trying to get well’. Certainly the actions and even the thoughts of the active alcoholic or addict would suggest ‘bad’ and ‘immoral’. However, other than some with underlying moral and social deficiencies, the vast majority of sufferers are decent people. Individuals whose addictions have led them to gradually erode and abuse their moral codes in pursuit of their drink and drugs and in their actions while under the influence. At SafeHouse, we will help our clients to again find their real, decent selves.
The same World Health Organisation document also debunks various ideas.
Firstly that dependence demonstrates character deficiencies of will and fortitude. No! They point to scientific medical proof of brain disorder, and altered brain structure and function. Genetic issues, susceptibility and predisposition to addiction are also mooted. And all that before the drink or drugs take hold.
Secondly, it stresses that once the line of addiction/dependence/alcoholism is crossed, there is very little likelihood that the sufferer can return to the heady, early ‘social’ drinking or using they used to enjoy. The strength of dependency, the mental physical and emotional cravings, and the compulsive, obsessive and repetitive use of chemicals requires huge changes in the whole lifestyle and psyche of the sufferer to overcome. At SafeHouse Rehab Centre Thailand we seek to equip the addict or alcoholic with a full toolkit of new responses and behaviours to give them more than a fighting chance.
It is no coincidence that so many Nations’ own Medical Governing Bodies share the World Health Organisation contention that dependency is a mental and medical disease.
Please take a few minutes to read the document itself. It offers answers to many other questions you may have.