Cause of Relapse


This section contains vital information that you need to know in order to fully understand Drug and Alcohol Addiction. It would be best if you could read this section several times to get a full understanding of the cause of relapse. There are two basic causes for continued Addiction;

We believe that first of these is the long term effects of Drug residues in the body. The mental and physical cravings caused by Drug residues which remain in the body, even long after a person quits using the Drug, simply drives the person to use more of the Drug. This cause of continued Addiction is thoroughly addressed.

The second of these causes is the “Biochemical Personality”. This is the “way of thinking” that is caused by Drug Addiction and the lifestyle an person adopts to get Drugs and live with a Drug Habit.

These two situations are linked with one feeding the other, and both must be recognised and dealt with before a person can fully be free from the Addictive effects of Drugs.

Drug Residues: What they are and how they work

The Drug User can “just say no” a thousand times, but it only takes saying “yes” one time to start the cycle of Addiction again.

In essence, when a person uses Drugs over a period of time, the body can become unable to completely eliminate all traces of them. The traces that remain are stored in the fatty tissues and are called “Drug metabolites”.  These traces re-enter the system and trigger cravings for the Drug. This trigger along with the “Biochemical Personality” traits are a non-optimum way of life.

Left unhandled, these manifestations will haunt a person for years even if they have sobered up. Left untreated, they can trigger a serious relapse.

These unresolved symptoms and manifestations, whether physical or mental in origin, can create an underlying low-level type of stress which cannot be completely ignored. The person can “just say no” a thousand times, but it only takes him saying “yes” one time to start the cycle of Addiction again.

Drug Residues Remain in Fatty Tissues

Drugs are broken down in the liver into substances called metabolites. Although removed rapidly from the blood stream, metabolites can become trapped in the fatty tissues. The one thing in common—and the problem that needs to be addressed—is that these Drug residues remain trapped for years.

Tissues in our bodies that are high in fats are turned over very slowly. When they are turned over, the stored Drug metabolites are released into the blood stream and reactivate the same brain centres as if the person actually took the Drug. The former Addict now experiences restimulation of a Drug episode (or “flashback”) and subsequent Drug craving. This is common in the months after an person quits and can continue to occur for years, even decades.

The Cycle of Quitting, Withdrawal, Craving And Relapse

When the Drug User initially tries to quit, cells in the brain that have become used to large amounts of these metabolites are now forced to deal with much decreased amounts. Even as the Withdrawal Symptoms subside, the brain “demands” that the person give it more of the Drug. This is called Drug craving.

Drug Craving is an extremely powerful urge and can cause a person to create all kinds of “reasons” they should begin using Drugs again. They are now trapped in an endless cycle of trying to quit, craving, relapse and fear of Withdrawal.

Eventually, the brain cells will again become used to having lowered Drug metabolites. Due to Deposits of Drug metabolites from the fatty tissues releasing back into the bloodstream, craving and relapse remain a cause for concern into the future.

Left unhandled, the presence of metabolites even in microscopic amounts cause the brain to react as if the person had again actually taken the Drug and can set up craving and relapse even after years of sobriety.

Handling the Drug Metabolites

Get Off Drugs Naturally utilises a combination of exercise, induced sweating in a Sauna, and nutritional supplements.

No substitute Drugs such as Methadone, Valium, Suboxone etc are used  in our Treatment Program.

The aim of this phase of the program is:

Reduction of of Drug and Alcohol cravings.

Reduction of many symptoms associated with Drug Addiction and Alcoholism. These can include depression, irritability and fatigue.

Ability to think more clearly.

Improved memory and attention span.

Increased energy.

Increased sense of well being.

Enthusiasm toward life.


Handling the “Biochemical Personality”

The person now begins a series of Life Education Courses. These are designed to gradually help the person recognise the old Addiction habits and thought processes and replaces these with new skills and positive lifestyle choices.

The Get Off Drugs Naturally Drug Rehabilitation Program is complete when the person recognizes and takes  full responsibility for old habit patterns and realises that they are in charge of what happens to them in life and are no longer a victim of life. The person’s understanding of himself and relationships with his family,  friends and environment are fully examined and rehabilitated.

On the person’s own will, and with no physical or mental “hooks” into past cravings and behaviour, he or she is no longer an Addict and has regained his or her own true nature and integrity.

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