Addiction: a growing epidemic

Addiction is a growing epidemic that has crept into our schools, our lives and work place.  It can only be helped when we look at the cause of cravings and how to stop them. There are many factors that will lead a person to use drugs or alcohol as a solution for life. One of the first factors that need to be addressed is cravings. Cravings indicate that the body and mind are requiring a certain substance. Life Solutions Recovery Center programs in Newark recognizes how vital it is to address cravings in an individual in order to permanently stay off drugs and alcohol.

Cravings result when an individual has consumed enough drugs and alcohol that their body requires it. This will often happen after only a few uses. When the body no longer has the drugs and alcohol it reminds the individual that it is “necessary”. There are several ways in which this will occur. Some people get very sick without the drugs or alcohol, some people can’t stop thinking about the drugs or alcohol, and all too frequently both manifestations will occur. This makes abstaining from drugs and alcohol almost impossible.


The holiday season, especially, is a time when these cravings are most often noticed. Most addicts will attempt to stay clean from any hard drugs and alcohol, however those attempts are usually in vain. While trying to stay away from these substances, their bodies demand it even more. Often times the holidays are a time of pain and torment for these addicts. While their loved ones are celebrating, addicts are constantly thinking about their next high. And, in addition because of the guilt associated with drug addiction, the addict will often use even more during this time.

There is a way to overcome cravings.  Life Solutions Recovery Center, a long-term inpatient drug and alcohol facility in Newark, employs a unique detoxification process to significantly reduce drug cravings. Clients can be referred to as students because they are learning how to live a life free of drugs. Key to addressing cravings is the Detoxification process in which individuals undergo a carefully worked out regiment of dry heat sauna, exercise, vitamins and other nutrients. This method allows the drug metabolites that are stored in the body to release. When an individual consumes drugs or alcohol the metabolites attach to the fatty cells and remind the body that it wants the substance. Upon completing the sessions in the dry heat sauna, students, with the metabolites gone or greatly reduced, are able to confront their addiction without the barrier of ever-present cravings holding them back.

Eliminating cravings paired with finding out why an individual resorted to drugs is what makes Life Solutions Recovery Center so successful. Addiction can be handled if one addresses the cravings as well as the reasons behind the drug use.