Addiction is a state of mind and/or a physical reality. At least to the one who is addicted. It is very easy for one who is not addicted to stand outside of the addiction, and criticize the addicted person. Addictions are very powerful for persons who are under their influence. Their brain has created a connection with the addiction to the pleasure centers and releases endorphins, dopamine and serotonin in to the blood stream when the addictive behavior is initiated.
But the real question is, is this behavior from a physical reaction or is it a psychological phenomena? There is a plethora of theories on the subject. It would require a year of in depth study and a thesis of more than 100,000 words to truly explore all aspects of addiction. So we will have to take a rather broad overview to meet the limitations that we are laboring under.
According to Wikipedia®, the definition of addiction is “a state characterized by compulsive engagement in rewarding stimuli despite adverse consequences”. So there are two types of addictive stimulus. One in which the behavior is rewarded and one in which the behavior is reinforced. So speaking of drugs. An addictive drug is one which has these two combined. Reward and reinforcement. Reward is the turning on of the dopamine, endorphins and serotonin and their attendant receptors. And reinforcement comes from the drug giving these same effects time after time. However, the constant turning on of these neurotransmitters and their receptors will cause them to become overused with time and eventually cause them to burn out. Thus the need for increasingly greater and greater amounts of the drug which are fighting for a reduced number of receptors.
There are many drugs which can cause this condition. Heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, marijuana, nicotine and alcohol are the primary drugs that are used and abused. Even the lowly coffee bean, and it’s associated caffeine, has been accused of causing addictions.
There are a myriad of prescription drugs which can be very addictive. All of the opioid based drugs are addictive and many are severely addictive. Almost all of the addictions to prescription drugs come about due to severe pain from a physical malady. I say most because some addictions occur due to the “desire” to experiment, by mostly naive persons who have heard of the “effects” and want to try it for themselves.
Usually the prescription drug addiction starts innocently enough. The drugs are prescribed by a physician and the pain is reduced or eliminated. The problem arises from the reduced effectiveness of the drug over time. In order to maintain the pain effectively the drug dosage must be increased due to the burnout factor of the neurotransmitter receptors. Eventually the receptors will be reduced in their effectiveness and more and greater dosages are required to maintain the same level of pain relief. Thus creating the addiction. Addictions are not logical. The only thing that matters is the relief of the pain. Eventually, with a steady dose that is not increased, the body will crave more and more of the drug to a point that the pain returns with its full force. The dosage that used to keep the pain at bay no longer works. So the addicted person goes back to the Doctor for an increase in the dosage. Some Doctors will play this game and increase the dosage for a few times, then they are going to want to change the drug to another type or start a drug abatement program in which the person will be subjected to less and less of the drug while being subjected to some type of therapy, designed to alleviate the pain in some other manner. Sometimes this works and sometimes it doesn’t. When it works, the results are satisfactory and everyone is happy. When it doesn’t work, the patient often resorts to “Doctor shopping” in which they visit many Doctors and convince them to prescribe the drug which they crave. This may work for a while, but eventually the system catches up with them and they are forced into rehabilitation.
The other way is for the patient to go outside the system and purchase their drugs on the black market. This involves huge risks on the part of the patient. They risk arrest and incarceration or poisoning from bad drugs or substances that are not drugs at all. The dose that they buy may be very weak or exceedingly strong, causing an overdose. Death may result. Strokes are not uncommon, heart attacks and paralysis is not unheard of. All of this can come about due to trying to control your pain.
The next type of addiction I want to discuss is due to the “pleasure” that comes from using drugs. Both prescription and illegal drugs can induce a “high”. This “high” is caused by the aforementioned neurotransmitters and their receptors. Let us delve a little further into this side of addiction.
The pleasure that addicts get from drugs is very powerful the first few times they use them. Now this is entirely dependent on the drug. Some drugs are not as addictive as others in some people. Other people can become addicted to practically anything. This begins to get into the psychological side of addiction. We shall explore this in a bit. But in the meantime we are talking about addiction to drugs. So let’s begin with the most commonly abused drugs available. And these are “legal” drugs. But their effects are the same. Nicotine and alcohol. .
Nicotine is a particularly insidious drug. Most of the people who become addicted to this drug are children. Society portrays tobacco and tobacco products as “cool”. When in reality they are anything but. The young mind is bombarded by advertising in magazines and pictures and movies in which the “cool” people smoke. They very rarely print the reality. Lung cancer, throat cancer, jaw cancer and the loss of the respective body parts. There are a few anti-smoking ads out there that depict the reality of this very bad habit, but they are not well enough funded to play on the programs that the most vulnerable of our society watch. At least not played enough to get the attention that they deserve.
What starts innocently enough, can turn into an addiction that is every bit as powerful as a heroin or cocaine addiction. Some people struggle with trying to “kick” the habit for years. Many who DO “kick” the habit end up starting again. Sometimes after years of being nicotine free.
One of the most common ways to attempt to stop smoking involves the substitution method. In today’s society the nicotine patch is a very common way to try to stop. It usually involves a trip to your physician to obtain a prescription. Once applied, the patient gradually weans him or herself off of cigarettes/cigars/pipe tobacco/chewing tobacco and then gradually reduces the number of patches or the strength of the patch dosage until they are free of the addiction. The main problem with an addiction of this type is that it involves a “ritual” or a repeated routine. For instance, a person may take out a cigarette and tap it on its end a few times to pack the tobacco tighter into the wrapper. This becomes a “habit” that is associated with smoking. So while the patch may reduce the craving for the nicotine, it does nothing to address the “habit” of doing something with their hands. Other types of cessation devices involve the relatively new method of “vaping” or consuming the nicotine through an electrically driven, battery powered vaporizer. The idea being to reduce the amount of nicotine being used gradually until you are not using any at all. However the “habit” still remains. Let us move on.
The next most commonly abused drug that is legal is alcohol. It has been postulated that the only reason that mankind settled down and stopped its nomadic way of life is because he/she learned how to brew beer from grains. Thus turning from nomads to farmers to produce a steady supply of brew. While I’m not convinced that it is the primary reason they became farmers, it certainly is A reason. And combined with other factors, it would fit with the narrative. With the advent of alcohol comes the inevitable addiction. Because alcohol lowers inhibitions, early man would have used it to forget about his deplorable living conditions. Deplorable to us, but completely normal to them. Still, living in squalor, even though it is all you have ever known, would be wearing on a person. So whatever escape they could find was worth the effort. Or so I surmise. Since we have no real records from those times this is all pure conjecture. What is NOT conjecture is the addiction caused by consuming large quantities of alcohol over long periods of time.
Modern day alcoholics have it much easier than their nomadic ancestors. Alcohol is very prevalent in today’s world. In the U.S.A., there is a liquor store on practically every corner. And if not a store, then certainly a bar. It is very easy for a person who is addicted to alcohol to achieve the “drunken stupor” that they seem to seek.
When a person is under the influence of alcohol they lose coordination of their muscles and their speech becomes slurred. They have an inability to focus their eyes and they lose their sense of balance. They also lose their short term memory. This is a combination of neurotransmitters and their receptors being overwhelmed by the alcohol molecules. They produce an abundance of dopamine, endorphins and serotonin which in turn causes the receptors to “overload” and become incapable of doing their “job”. Now this is a vastly simplified version of what really happens in the cells, but it will suffice for our limited purposes. Let it be sufficient to say that a person, who is subject to addictive behavior, will become addicted to alcohol very easily.
Removing alcohol from one’s life after becoming addicted is a tough row to hoe. In a lot of instances, the addicted person does NOT want to get rid of the behavior that is causing the problems. They may or may not acknowledge that they have a problem. IF they acknowledge that they have a problem, the getting them into rehabilitation is a whole lot easier than getting a person who won’t acknowledge that they have a problem to take the same steps. We will talk about the different methods for breaking the addictions in a little while. Let us move on.
I would be remiss if we did not talk about coffee here as well or, really we should talk about the addictive ingredient in coffee. Caffeine. Caffeine is found in a lot of our foods and drinks. From coffee drinks to “energy” drinks to the everyday sodas that are consumed at very rapid rates every day. It is also found in some surprising areas. For instance: foods that contain caffeine include ice cream, yogurt, chocolates and candies and a myriad of other foods. Caffeine is, for some people, as addictive as nicotine. When some people try to remove caffeine from their diet they experience withdrawal symptoms that closely emulate nicotine. Cravings, headaches, trembling of the hands and fingers. All of these and more have been observed.
The next most abused drug, in my opinion, is marijuana. Marijuana has been around for as long as mankind has been here. Up until 1936 marijuana was legal all over the world. There are some who say it was raising marijuana that caused man to settle down and become farmers, and not beer. I think it might be a combination of them both. The marijuana or hemp plant has a myriad of uses that early man needed. From fiber for cloth to seeds that could be ground into flour for cooking and baking. The seeds could be pressed for oil that could be used in cooking and for lamp oil. But one of the primary, I think, uses was to get “high”. This ability of marijuana to get a being high is as valid today as it was for early man. Even more so today, due to selective breeding of the marijuana plant. Today’s marijuana is much more powerful than that of the strains of only 20 years ago. Which causes the addiction factor to rise as well. People today are much more likely to become addicted to marijuana. 20 or 30 years ago the THC or Tetrahydrocannabinol content was 4 or 5%. In today’s marijuana it can be as high as 30%. Moving on.
Cocaine was once thought to have no addiction properties. In the early 1900’s and before, cocaine was used as a “pick me up”. The original Coca Cola recipe contained cocaine. Hence the name COCA for cocaine and COLA for the remaining ingredients. Primarily sugar, water and carbon dioxide. Today we know that cocaine is one of the most addictive drugs in the world. Studies have been done on rats in which they would choose cocaine over anything. Sex, food, sleep etc… To their eventual death. We now know that cocaine is one of the MOST addictive drugs.
Heroin is a highly addictive opioid. It is derived from the poppy plant. Heroin was used for many years as a headache reliever and general anesthetic. Heroin is also highly addictive. However, with heroin, a person who uses too much of the drug and becomes addicted no longer gets a high from it. They require it to be “normal”. Without it they become nauseous and go into withdrawal. The symptoms of withdrawal varies from drug to drug. With heroin withdrawal symptoms are: sick to your stomach, to the point of throwing up. Uncontrollable shaking, feeling cold. When a person gets to that point they will do just about anything to feel “normal” again. Up until now we have been talking about the physical properties of drugs. But there is another side to addiction. The “psychological” side.
Psychological addictions are much harder to define and explain. Let us look further into this. After a person “kicks” the physical addiction, which takes a rather short amount of time. In most cases 72 hours, there remains a “psychological” component which can be much tougher to eliminate. Because the addicted person continuously remembers the “high” that he/she received with the past drug or other addictive behavior use. That feeling of “high” is extremely hard to remove because the mind/ego really enjoyed that feeling. Most often addicted people are ego driven. It is all about me,me, me. I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that, if a person could lose his/her ego, the addiction would go away all on it’s own. That is how deeply involved in addiction that the ego is. I believe that without the ego a person would never become involved with addictive behavior in the first place. Another big factor in the psychological side of addiction is your social situation. If your constant companions are people who are addicted to the same thing that you are, you will never get out of that addictive behavior. To truly get clean you must remove the addictive behavior from your being. You must rid yourself of your ego and you must rid yourselves of the parasites in your environment. What are the parasites in your environment? Not what but who. They are the people in your environment who do not have your best interests at heart. They are the ones who are NOT your well-wishers. Let’s see if we can pinpoint who these people are: your dealer (if you are addicted to drugs). The people who you use drugs with. The people who allow you to use drugs. The people who, if you ran out of drugs, would disappear in a heartbeat. Next. The object of your desire (if drugs are not your thing). The one who is co-dependent with you for that “high”. It could be sex or exercise or food, or even love. Or any number of other behaviors on which you are fixated. Whatever it is it gives you that feeling of euphoria that is all too soon, gone. Then you have to engage in that behavior again and again to satisfy the craving. But the “craving” is NEVER satisfied. That’s the main problem with addictions. The can, by their very nature, NEVER be satisfied. So these parasites are deeply involved in your life and taking you down the wrong road. But once you have finally come to the conclusion that the addiction is ruining your life and after you have “kicked” the physical addiction, the next thing you must do is to replace these “parasites” with people who truly care about you. Your “well-wishers”. The people who love you no matter what.
So how can we eliminate the craving for that “high”? How can we rid our addicted selves from the psychological desire for that next fix? Whatever that “fix” might be? Well you could try the traditional method of entering into a 28 day program of intensive monitoring and life scrutiny. A Rehabilitation program. There are many, many programs out there. Most involve a 12 step program and close monitoring of your life for the entire 28 days, and some form of positive reinforcement for the rest of your life. Step one. You enter into a closed environment that allows you no outside contact for 2 weeks. In this way they wean you off of the physical addiction. Then they go to work on the psychological side of it. This method, in my opinion, works slightly less than 50% of the time. After 28 days you are declared “free” of your addiction and you get a graduation certificate and lots of hugs from everyone there. And then you go back to your life. They tell you to find a 12 step continuation program near you. They may even make arraignments for you to attend. But they have not eliminated the parasites in your environment. And neither have you. So when you come out of the treatment program, you are addiction free for the moment. But once you run into one of your old contacts, the feelings that kept you in that behavior come right back. If you are very strong willed, you get in touch with your mentor in the 12 step program or the person to whom you look to in times of crisis. And you try to avoid those people. But you have really done nothing to remove these “parasites” from your environment. That requires something stronger than yourself. Something outside yourself that is real. Something that has been proven to exist. That something is The Trivedi Effect®.
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So what does this mean for you? It means that there is now an alternative to the traditional methods of ending addiction. A way for the average person who, upon entering into The Trivedi Effect® through contacting the Trivedi Foundation™ can avail themselves of this miraculous Energy. Thus ending once and for all the seemingly endless cycle of addiction. Because, after all, why wouldn’t you?