Many recent studies show that once someone has an addiction they are more likely to become addicted to something else. Whether it be another substance or another form of addiction all together such as gambling, porn or sex. Many of these addictions go hand in hand, heroin addicts may turn to alcohol after treatment for heroin addiction, with the feeling of that since alcohol is legal they have improved upon their addiction or food addicts may turn to alcohol while alcoholics may turn to prescription medication or gambling.
Bariatric Surgery And Addiction
One interesting study has been done that shows a link between bariatric surgery (weight loss surgery where the stomach is reduced or banded) patients and alcoholism.
Considering the fact that most patients that have bariatric surgery are addicted to food they then try to replace that addiction, sometimes unaware that they have even replaced their addiction. After bariatric surgery alcohol spends less time in the patient’s stomach and is absorbed into the bloodstream much faster that of someone who has not had the surgery. Bariatric surgeries patients are also advised not to drink liquids when they eat so many patients consume alcohol on an empty stomach so the alcohol hits them faster. It also takes these patients longer to get back to a sober state. Now whether these people had preexisting addictions to alcohol is unknown.
Opioid Addiction Relapse
One of the most deadly addictions is opioid addiction many addicts who are treated for addiction to opioids relapse. Opioid addiction has one of the highest relapse rates of any drug 95%. One of the most dangerous drugs many alcoholics turn to after they are sober and have completed treatment for alcohol addiction is opioid addiction.
This often happens innocently; someone goes in for surgery years after being sober and is prescribed a pain medication. They then get that feeling of numbness or excitement that they used to get from alcohol abuse and they are addicted. While many people who take pain medication after a surgery do not enjoy the feeling of their heart racing or making them feel nauseous, many people that are prone to addiction associate these feelings with the escape they used to feel.
Many Addicts Turning To Other Addictions That Don’t Involve Drugs
Many addicts turn to gambling to get the high that they used to get from abusing drugs or alcohol while many gambling addicts also have another substance abuse addiction. Some addicts turn to internet porn or an even more dangerous sex addiction. There are definite consequences to these addictions that effect, not only the addict but the addicts family and friends as well.
They key may be in finding a rehabilitation program that looks at you as a whole, that takes care of all aspects of your life, one that has a very high success rate, and can handle any type of addiction problem. Never be afraid to seek treatment for an addiction that has come about after a previous addiction.
This can happen through Narconon meetings or residential treatment offered by the facility that achieves a 76% success rate for permanent recovery from drugs and alcohol. If the addiction is not with substances but things like gambling, food or sex, it is important to see professional help. The most effective kind of help for these problems is usually long term and involved nutrition and adopting a healthy lifestyle.
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