Responsible For Our Recovery
Nonetheless, the identification of addiction as a brain disease doesn’t explain that the addict is an unfortunate sufferer. For the recovery process an addict must involve in and take initiative to change the voluntary habit of using drugs. Hence, the addict is responsible for his behavior not the addiction as a brain disease.
However, it helps to understand that only will power is not enough to prevent an addict from using drugs.
The Essence of Addiction
The whole idea of addiction has significant ambiguity and misunderstanding among people who want to get information about it. Indeed, the use of neutral term would be better to make connection of addiction with the spectrum of brain activity after the use of drugs.
The outdated distinction of specific drugs creates confusion whether these are physically or psychologically addicting the individual when he takes drugs. A withdrawal symptom occurs when someone tries to get rid of the addiction and that is particularly call “Physical Dependence”.
- Moreover, scientific researches have suggested that the distinction of physical versus psychological dependence distract professionals and others from the real problem of addiction and its harmful consequences on person.
- The management of withdrawal symptoms of heroin and alcohol addiction can easily be treated by appropriate medication to break physical dependence of an addict.
The Altered Brain – A Chronic Illness
A transition of biological or behavioral indication of voluntary drug use to addiction is still ambiguous. Nevertheless, ongoing researches collect the evidence of cellular and molecular changes in brain pathways of an addict. In addition, changes in brain functioning are common in all chemical addiction and most of them are compulsive rituals or behaviors such as pathological gambling or overeating.
- To develop understanding of addiction by seeing it as a persistent illness.
- Many addicts have relapses but some of them attain full control over the addiction after a single treatment episode.
Diseases like stroke, Alzheimer, schizophrenia and depression not only have biological causes but they also have some behavioral and social aspects that contribute to the development of neurological or psychological illnesses. Similarly, addiction isn’t just having atypical features all other factors such as social, emotional, behavioral characteristics plays a part in this disease.