It is very difficult for most people to understand why or how others become addicted to drugs or alcohol. It is often assumed that drug abusers and addicts lack moral principles or willpower. They could stop using drugs simply by choosing to change their behavior, most think. In reality, alcohol and drug addiction is a complex disease, and quitting takes more than good intentions or just will power. In fact, because drugs change the brain in ways that create compulsive drug abuse, quitting is very difficult, even for those who are ready to quit. Through scientific advances, we know more today about how drugs work in the brain than ever. We also know that drug addiction can be successfully treated to help people stop abusing drugs and lead very productive and full lives.
Understanding the science of addiction is power. Once our clients understand the role their addictions play in their lives, we'll work together to develop a smart, targeted, custom recovery plan.
Addiction is a chronic brain disease that causes compulsive drug seeking and use, despite negative consequences to the addicted individual and to family, friends and all others around him or her. Although the initial choice to take drugs is voluntary for most people, the brain changes that take place over time challenge a person’s self- control and ability to resist intense impulses urging them to take drugs.
Drugs contain chemicals that can affect the brain’s communication system and disrupt the way nerve cells normally send, receive, and process various kinds of information. There are at least two ways that drugs cause this variation: (1) by imitating the brain’s natural chemical messengers and (2) by over stimulating the “reward circuit” of the brain.
There is no single factor that can predict whether a person will become addicted to drugs or not. Risk for addiction is influenced by a combination of factors such as individual biology, social environment, and age or phase of development. The more risk factors an individual has, the greater the chance that taking drugs can lead to addiction.
Addiction is a compulsive need for and use of a habit-forming substance characterized by tolerance and by well-defined physiological symptoms upon withdrawal. HelpNest is dedicated to helping individuals, families and employers find answers to their questions about addiction, treatment and life long recovery for addicts. Below is more addiction information that covers a variety of topics to assist individuals in understanding the cause and affect of addiction.
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My family had pretty much given up on me because I had tried to quit 4-5 times over the past few years and had always started drinking within days. Well, soon it will be my 3rd year sober for me and it truly is a miracle. I am so grateful for my life today, and I will always be so thankful to HelpNest and everyone who played a part in my recovery!Jody, Alcoholic, Addict
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