Before you can talk about drug rehabilitation, you have to consider what addiction is. According to the dictionary, addiction is the fact or condition of being addicted to a particular substance, thing or activity. This of course forces the dictionary reader to look up “addict” which is defined as a person who is addicted to a particular substance (breaking the old grammar school rule about using a word to define itself). Ironically, somehow the definition manages to cause a cycle similar to the actual fact of addiction. But it has to stop somewhere.

Addiction is an uncontrolled proclivity for a certain drug. Most drugs cause physical as well as psychological addictions, so any type of rehabilitation must address both physical and psychological factors. That uncontrolled proclivity in an addict can be likened to thirst. You know when you are thirsty. You are not only satisfying the need for water; you are also preventing the discomfort of being without water. This is the type of crisis that the addict faces–not only are they slave to the need; they are also enslaved to preventing the pain of being without.

Successful Drug Rehabilitation

Drug rehabilitation, therefore must handle at the very least–those two factors. They must eliminate the pain of being without (which requires detox.) And then drug rehabilitation must also train the individual to break the need and eliminate the desire. If there is going to be any hope of success, this requires a substantial external support system; as well as a support system for the addict’s family Drug rehabilitation programs are thick on the ground; that is, there are a lot of them available, which is a good thing because the incidence of addiction is rising. But it all begins with the first step–seeking help in a drug rehabilitation program..