the state of being enslaved to a habit or practice or to somethingthat is psychologically or physically habit-forming, as narcotics, to such an extent that its cessation causes severe trauma.
Not only is it important to define what an addiction truly is but it is important to understand how addictions come about. As human society has progressed and expanded to unseen heights, people and their emotions have become one of the many lost amongst the rubble of extraordinary growth. When one loses touch with who they are and the feelings that reside inside of them, pain and suffering blossom. I believe these are the seeds that sow the bonds of addiction. Addiction acts like parasite when someone uses a substance to fill an emotional void. For those who are obese, it may be food. How many times have you heard an overweight person say that food is the only thing that comforts them when they have a rough day? For those who hate their bodies, it may mean anorexia, bulimia, or steroids. For those who find drugs, it is more of the same.
Does anyone remember the book Holes? The book takes place at juvenile detention facility for troubled youth. These kids have to dig a hole each day five feet deep that is five feet wide. I bring this up because it parallels what substance addiction does for emotional troubles. Most emotional problems can probably be categorized as depression. Everyone has the blues. This life is a roller coaster of ups and downs but when you try to attack the downs with a substance you do yourself great harm. You dig a deeper hole. The deeper you dig the more you pray the substance addiction will fill the hole up with sand. For a while it works, whether its that joint, cheeseburger, or exhaustive workout. But it never makes the pain go away. In fact the pain comes back stronger more determined. This is where the catch-22 of addiction really takes over. I understand this process because when I was a youngster in high school I used marijuana to fill my depression. It took me a long to realize what I was doing to myself. I reached the point where I toking, not to enjoy myself, but to fill the pain. Eventually, everyone meets a downfall as recovery comes knocking at the door.
Some people in life have the ability to come to grips with themselves and their problems. For me, it was accepting that I was depressed and having the conscious realization that the drugs don’t work when you use them for pain. However, there are others in this life who can’t dig out of their whole. Perhaps, they have dug too deep for too long. My cousin is a sad example of this tragedy. I will not go into personal details for his sake, however; he lost several years of his life to heroin addiction and is working till this day to heal himself. What if I told you that science can help people like my cousin by fight drugs with drugs? What if i said that science has proven a psychedelic plant will cure addiction in said individuals whom suffer from heroin, methodone, or alcohol addiction? A psychedelic plant from Africa has sparked an underground revolution in medicine. It is called Ibogaine and it comes from Tabernanthe iboga. Ibogaine works, it is believed, by filling in the receptor sites that the opiate molecules once sought, ending the craving for the drug, while at the same time metabolizing in the liver into noribogaine, which is thought to have powerful detoxifying and anti-depressant properties. The million dollar jackpot is that ibogaine can eliminate the exceedingly painful and dangerous opiate withdrawal process, sometimes in a single dose. In effect, it has the power to hit the reset button on the brain’s neurotransmitter mechanism. As science begins to discover the miracles that nature contains the possibilities will become endless.
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