Factor #3: The Deceiving Stranger - The Drug Personality
Drugs and alcoholism change people. Drug or alcohol addiction creates what is called a “drug personality”. It is artificial and is created by drugs.
This artificial drug personality is caused by the addict's compulsion to avoid pain at all costs. They are willing to lie and steal from the ones they love to get their next fix. Anything to avoid the problems and symptoms they took drugs to avoid in the first place. Not to mention the incredible craving for drugs they now have and the unpleasant sensations they get when they can't get those drugs.
The dishonest activities and harmful acts they commit in order to get their drugs cause them to experience unbearable guilt. Their solution for alleviating their guilt is more drugs and alcohol, which drives them to more harmful acts. They are now trapped in a vicious downward spiral.
You ask yourself: “How could you have raised a criminal, an addict and a liar?" The answer is that you did not. Drugs raised that deceiving stranger. But your loved one is still in there, despite the months or years of drug and alcohol abuse. His good, basic personality still remains. It has just been overwhelmed and covered over by drug addiction.
Addicts are in desperate need of a solution that resolves ALL the factors that cause or contribute to their addiction. The rehab programs that we refer to people represent the very best hope for the addict. These high success-rate, holistic programs are oriented toward:
- A full detoxification to rid their bodies of drugs and toxins.
- Building the life skills needed to deal with life ethically and competently.
- Unburdening their guilt.
- Helping them regain their self respect. This is very important.
We explain these solutions in: The Complete Drug Rehab Solution