In The Faces of Addiction, viewers are presented with a series of more than a dozen animated GIFs which show men and women posing for mugshots over periods ranging from several months to nearly 20 years. What they all have in common is the fact that they are drug addicts, people whose appearance for the mug shot camera is typically based on an arrest for crimes such as possession or manufacture of drugs. People who look normal and healthy at the beginning of the animation transform — quickly or slowly — into something that can in many cases be described as a ghoulish appearance. Sometimes you can see it happening gradually from the outset, while in other cases the person looks relatively normal up until the end, when a shocking transformation takes place which leaves the person looking all but unrecognizable. The Faces of Addiction serves as a powerful tool for driving home the message that drugs are dangerous, and it also helps us to understand just how harmful drugs can be to a person’s physical health. This is due in large part to a factor which many people are not aware of.
Most people, when asked about how long drugs stay in the system, will tend to assume that the drugs are gone as soon as the user comes down from the high. What they don’t realize is that many drugs are lipophilic, meaning that they have a tendency to accumulate in the fatty tissues of the body. Small quantities of certain drugs become lodged in the fat cells, and there they can stay for years. This is largely to blame for the physical deterioration suffered by a drug addict. Essentially what is happening is that a drug addict is walking around with a heavy toxic chemical burden. Treatment of this is the reason why Narconon uses the sauna detox program known as the Hubbard method. Developed by researcher L. Ron Hubbard, this detoxification regimen involves a daily schedule of moderate exercise, ingestion of specific nutritional supplements, and time spent sweating in a sauna to flush out the chemicals which are released as a result of the combined effects of these steps. The outcome of this is a substantial recovery and renewed levels of energy, vigor and mental clarity reported by the patient.
Study Examines the Effectiveness of the Hubbard Method
The Hubbard method has been studied for decades to examine its efficacy in applications in the field of addiction treatment, as well as for the treatment of individuals who have suffered from other types of chemical exposure. One of these was a study published in a 1990 edition of the Journal of Environmental Science and Health, “Xenobiotic Reduction and Clinical Improvements in Capacitor Workers: A Feasible Method.” Approximately two dozen workers had been exposed to polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and other lipophilic chemicals in the course of working at a capacitor factory, and were suffering from symptoms of this toxic exposure. Half of the group was selected for treatment using the Hubbard method, and following treatment their levels of PCBs were found to have fallen by as much as 42%, whereas the control group who had not received treatment actually experienced increased levels of PCBs. Furthermore, the group who had been treated reported that their symptoms had lessened. The Hubbard method has been proven to be effective for relieving a person of the toxic burden following a variety of different types of chemical exposure, and thousands upon thousands of people have recovered using this approach.