Is Addiction Manageable?
Everyone has a different interpretation of addiction. Some may view it not as a disease, but as a choice to use. Most people who don’t suffer from addiction, do not understand the complexity and severity of it. Addiction is a chronic, relapsing brain disease. The brain sees pleasure in the same way, whether it is in the form of drugs, alcohol, food, or sex. When pleasure is received, the brain releases a chemical called dopamine, which is located in a part of the frontal lobe known as the brain’s pleasure center. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter, which is released by neurons to send messages to other neurons. Drugs and alcohol falsely stimulate the brain to produce an excess amount of dopamine, resulting in a euphoric state.
Addicts and alcoholics become addicted to the euphoria, constantly craving more. The brain creates obsessive thoughts that are difficult to combat. The more a person uses, the higher their tolerance builds for that specific substance. At this stage, it’s possible an addiction may be manageable, yet it’s only a matter of time until it’s not. It doesn’t matter if you have the best of intentions or if you say you’re not going to become addicted. The term “chemical dependency” exists because the body, after some time, truly becomes chemically dependent on a substance. You may only use two pills per day or only drink three drinks at a sitting, but there will come a time when that amount will no longer produce the effect you’re looking for, and you’ll be forced to increase the amount.
You may be able to function with controlled addiction for some time, but it will very likely cross the line into uncontrolled addiction at some point. Addiction is now referred to as a chronic disease because it is not managed by choice. A person who is chemically dependent on a substance is essentially forced by their mind and body to use it, whether they want to or not. Choice is no longer an option.
Treatment is recommended for those who suffer from addiction. Although there is no cure, it can be controlled by means of abstinence and addressing underlying issues. Addiction is a very patient disease that can remain dormant for decades. Typically, if a person who is clean and sober and goes back to using and drinking, they will find their addiction is just as bad many years later. While there is a fine line as to when recreational use turns into addiction, you probably know if you’re addicted to something. If you use a substance, however frequently, and have tried to stop but can’t, that’s a good indication you are addicted and may need to seek treatment.
Treatment and recovery for addiction should be simple. Simple Recovery offers dual diagnosis treatment for men and women in a multiphase format encouraging growth and development. Going back to school, back to work, or engaging in volunteer work, our clients waste no time starting their new lives as they continue to heal in mind, body, and spirit. For information, call us today: 888-743-0490