homelessThere are several schools of thought on how addiction works and what causes someone to become a drug addict or alcoholic in the first place. For example, one theory is that addiction is a disease that you inherent from your parents genetically. Other theories include it stemming from environmental factors or simply being the result of a person’s decisions in life. No matter what the actual causes of addiction are, the most important part of these discussions is how to handle addiction.

If a theory of the cause of addiction doesn’t actually lead to being able to help people stop being addicts, that theory is essentially not worth our time. After all, the only theories that drug rehab centers should spend their time and energy on are the ones that help clients throw off addiction and go back to living healthy, happy lives.

Narconon Arrowhead is now helping move that discussion forward with the release of a booklet that outlines the lifecycle and mechanics of addiction. Narconon Arrowhead is a world leader in effective, all-natural drug and alcohol rehabilitation, so this booklet is a great opportunity for drug rehab centers and their clients to learn what is actually occurring when someone is addicted to drugs.

Cravings – A Major Barrier to Recovery

One of the most important issues that this booklet covers is the main barriers to recovery. What actually causes addicts to fail to get sober? Once someone decides to get clean, why is it so often difficult to do so? These are the questions that the booklet endeavors to answer.

The first of these barriers is “cravings.” As the booklet discusses, any addict that is trying to kick a drug habit will soon face overwhelming cravings to use the drug again. They are urges that are outside of the control of the individual. Even if in his mind he never wants to use drugs again, his body will be giving him the powerful feeling that he does.

While many rehab centers don’t understand what actually causes these cravings, Narconon
Arrowhead’s booklet takes up the real culprit – the leftover traces of drugs that are still stored in the body no matter how long it’s been since a person actually used drugs. If these traces are never addressed and eliminated, the addict will never truly be free of the urge to continue using drugs again.


Another major barrier discussed is the fact that many addicts are depressed. While the medical establishment in America tries to make it sound as if depression causes someone to become addicted to drugs and alcohol, the reverse is usually the case. When someone starts using drugs and alcohol, it is very common for that person to then become depressed.

When doctors and rehab centers don’t recognize this fact, it can lead to false “solutions” that only make the problem worse. For example, many rehab centers will give their clients heavy psychotropic drugs to “treat” depression that is actually being caused by drug use in the first place. Obviously, more drugs are not the answer to a situation that is caused by drug use.

Guilt – The Factor That Locks You Into Addiction

Most drug addicts were once happy, moral, contributing members of their communities. At some point they decided to start using drugs as a response to a problem in their lives, and this began the cycle of feeling guilty about doing so and then lying about drug use to cover it up. As long as a drug user continues to use drugs and feel guilty about it, he or she may never be able to get sober again and return to a state of morality and happiness.


For more information on all of the barriers that this booklet takes up, contact Narconon Arrowhead today. Click here to download the booklet now.