Drug Addiction by Jerry Valderrama

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Drug Addiction
By: Mr. Jerry Joseph Valderrama, Program Director, New Day Recovery Center

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  • Addiction is so pervading that it affects all aspects of each member’s life and threatens the very structure of the family. Does not change the addict alone, it changes everything about the family.
  • Drug Addiction by Jerry Valderrama

    1. 1. Jerry Joseph C. Valderrama NDRC Program Director NEW DAY RECOVERY CENTER Beach Club Road, Lanang, Davao City Tel. nos. (082) 300-9455 /234-1002
    2. 2. <ul><li>If the use of AOD is causing any continuing disruption in the person’s personal, social, spiritual, or economic life, and the person does not stop using, that person is suffering from the Disease of Addiction… </li></ul>
    3. 3. <ul><li>IT IS A FAMILY DISEASE… </li></ul>
    4. 4. <ul><li>Addiction affects not only the addict but also each and every member of the family… </li></ul><ul><li>Nobody in the family is immune… </li></ul><ul><li>Parents = huge load of guilt. </li></ul><ul><li>Spouse = faces problems from all directions. </li></ul><ul><li>Children = the most pathetic helpless victims in the tragedy. </li></ul><ul><li>Siblings = carry an unfair share of responsibilities. </li></ul>
    5. 5. <ul><li>Brain disease </li></ul><ul><li>Spiritual disease </li></ul><ul><li>Emotional disease </li></ul>
    6. 6. <ul><li>A DISEASE that has an overpowering, excessive and repetitive NEED that exist over mood-altering substance. </li></ul>
    7. 7. <ul><li>1956 – The American Medical Association (AMA) formally recognized the disease concept of alcoholism/addiction </li></ul><ul><li>June 1988 – The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) was admitted to AMA House of Delegates as a voting member </li></ul><ul><li>2000 – The AMA added “addiction medicine” to its list of designated specialties </li></ul><ul><li>2004 – PCAM was affiliated with PMA </li></ul>
    8. 8. <ul><li>The Disease can be described </li></ul><ul><li>The Disease is primary </li></ul><ul><li>The Disease follows a predictable and progressive course </li></ul><ul><li>The Disease is permanent, or chronic </li></ul><ul><li>The Disease is fatal </li></ul><ul><li>The Disease is treatable </li></ul>
    9. 9. <ul><li>Its condition is describable across a population… </li></ul><ul><li>“ SYMPTOMATOLOGY ” </li></ul>
    10. 10. Six indicators of addiction: <ul><li>An object of desire – sparks obsessive ideas and drives compulsive behavior </li></ul><ul><li>Preoccupation – obsession with the object of desire </li></ul><ul><li>Driven behavior – compulsion to reduce any cravings and satisfy the obsession that drives the addict’s behavior </li></ul>
    11. 11. Six indicators of addiction: <ul><li>Lack of control – failure to stop or cut back; central defining feature of addiction </li></ul><ul><li>Dependence – physical or psychological state of being totally engrossed of the object of desire, so only that thing can satisfy the desire and fulfillment </li></ul><ul><li>Negative consequences – harmful consequences </li></ul>
    12. 12. <ul><li>Rather than being a symptom of an underlying emotional or physical disorder, addiction aggravates those that already exist… </li></ul><ul><li>Other disorders can’t be treated effectively unless the addiction is arrested.. </li></ul>
    13. 13. <ul><li>Genetic </li></ul><ul><li>Psychological </li></ul><ul><li>Sociological </li></ul>
    14. 14. <ul><li>“… because that’s the way it is.” The disease runs a predictable course… </li></ul><ul><li>The disease moves inexorably toward greater and more serious deterioration over time unless it is arrested… </li></ul>
    15. 15. <ul><li>Experimental </li></ul><ul><li>Recreational / Occasional </li></ul><ul><li>Regular Use / Abuse </li></ul><ul><li>Dependence </li></ul>
    16. 16. <ul><li>“ Once a person becomes an addict, he or she remains so forever…” </li></ul><ul><li>Relapse = another side to the chronicity of the disease.. </li></ul><ul><li>The safest and most responsible alternative for the addicted person who wants to recover is total abstinence from all mood altering drugs.. </li></ul>
    17. 17. <ul><li>A person whose addiction is not arrested, will eventually DIE from it, and will die prematurely…. </li></ul><ul><li>Cause of death : Physical, Accidental, Emotional. </li></ul>
    18. 18. <ul><li>IT CAN BE TREATED AND ARRESTED! </li></ul><ul><li>There are potential curability… </li></ul><ul><li>Recovery is a process and a lifelong commitment…. </li></ul>
    19. 19. Rebuilding a new way of life from a destructive and unhealthy stage
    20. 20. ABSTINENCE PERSONALITY CHANGE + ACHIEVE SUPPORT RECOVERY

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