Addiction is a chronic brain disease involving drug or alcohol abuse. Individuals who suffer from addiction exhibit impaired judgment as well as pathological, compulsive, and sometimes even life-threatening behaviors. The American Society of Addiction Medicine states that drug addiction is a “chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory and related circuitry.” Treating addiction is a layered, complex process that requires more than mere willpower or self-control.
Drugs and alcohol flood the brain’s reward circuit, or “pleasure center,” with dopamine. Dopamine is the chemical compound that triggers feelings of euphoria. The constant overstimulation of this reward circuit hinders the addicted person’s ability to achieve pleasure through normal daily activities. Therefore, the inability to experience feelings of enjoyment or satisfaction without the aid of substances reinforces this repetitive, addictive cycle.
Addiction is a deadly disease that destroys lives regardless of gender, age, race, religion, or social status. There is no single factor that predicts which individuals are prone to drug or alcohol addiction, but the key indicators seem to be genetics, development, and environment.
Individuals suffering from addiction often experience low self-esteem, lack of control, helplessness, and feelings of isolation can make seeking professional help seem daunting. At JourneyPure Bowling Green, we are here to help. With the right treatment plan, recovery from drug and alcohol addiction is possible. Contact us today.