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Growing Out Of Addiction - C C - Oct 5, 2014

Most People With Addiction Simply Grow Out of It: Why Is This Widely Denied?

"The idea that addiction is typically a chronic, progressive disease that requires treatment is false, the evidence shows. Yet the 'aging out' experience of the majority is ignored by treatment providers and journalists...."


RE: Growing Out Of Addiction - Magical Realist - Oct 5, 2014

(Oct 5, 2014 04:14 AM)C C Wrote: Most People With Addiction Simply Grow Out of It: Why Is This Widely Denied?
"The idea that addiction is typically a chronic, progressive disease that requires treatment is false, the evidence shows. Yet the 'aging out' experience of the majority is ignored by treatment providers and journalists...."

I was addicted to a diet pill called Phentermine about 11 years ago for about 2 years. I then started getting antidepressants thru the VA and started attending rehab meetings. The assumption there was that "once an addict always an addict". I resented that kind of thinking. Not that I don't still desire the high of amphetamines. But basically I just grew out of it. The paranoia, the voices, the palpitating heart, the crash, all those aspects one tends not to play over again in one's head. So it makes sense to me that addiction may BE a chronic illness. I'm certainly glad I got out of it.


RE: Growing Out Of Addiction - cluelusshusbund - Oct 5, 2014

(Oct 5, 2014 08:05 PM)Magical Realist Wrote: The assumption there was that "once an addict always an addict". I resented that kind of thinking. Not that I don't still desire the high of amphetamines. But basically I just grew out of it. The paranoia, the voices, the palpitating heart, the crash, all those aspects one tends not to play over again in one's head. So it makes sense to me that addiction may BE a chronic illness. I'm certainly glad I got out of it.

It prolly varies from person to person dependin on ther particular body chemestry... but good for you.!!!


RE: Growing Out Of Addiction - stryder - Oct 6, 2014

There two types of Addiction, one is fed by the subconscious psychological need to continue doing something that is producing a positive neurological reaction the other type is Physical Addiction, this is where a persons physiology is so use to a particular chemical balance that should it be altered it causes their entire system to react (It's not something that can be consciously or even subconsciously controlled)

The way the brain deals with Subconscious Addictions is really along the lines that if a person over stimulates their senses, their physiology will reduce it's sensitivity. This creates either a point where a person "loses interest" in whatever the addiction was or they abuse that addiction further to try and gain the same level of stimulation they once had. (This is notable in people that use high classes of recreational drugs like Cocaine, or heavier usages of alcohol)

At which point it's where a person can gain that Physical addiction.

I unfortunately some years ago understood what it felt like to have a physical addiction while undergoing some hospital treatment. I was dosed on drugs I didn't want (in fact I wouldn't take normally) but because I'd been on them for over a month I had to keep taking them to stop the build up of side effects. I couldn't just quit them outright like I wanted because it put my entire system into shock (I learnt that the hard way). It's made me extremely wary of ever listening to doctors in regards to what actions they think I should take.