Addiction is an immensely complicated disease. It can be comparable to cancer and heart disease in the sense that it is incurable. Cancer requires chemotherapy to treat, while heart disease may need medication. Both of these treatments, unfortunately, are not a cure to the disease. They may provide longevity to life, but there is still a possibility of relapse. Addiction is the same way. There is no magic pill or surgery you can take to cure your addiction. It requires life-long maintenance and a healthy lifestyle.
Someone who has suffered from alcoholism in the past will likely never be able to drink recreationally or in a social setting again. Being an alcoholic changes the physiology of the brain. When you expose your brain to alcohol day in and day out, it becomes dependent on it. Consumption of alcohol releases dopamine, which is referred to as the feel good chemical. It naturally occurs when the brain receives any type of pleasure, such as food, sex, or drugs. The more alcohol you drink, the more dopamine that is released until your brain is unable to naturally secrete it without consuming alcohol. Intense cravings result from this process, which leads to alcoholism.
It takes a long time to restore natural dopamine neurons in the brain. Your brain is the most complex organ in your body, and even though a significant amount of time has gone by and natural dopamine production has regulated, it doesn’t forget. The ability of the brain to remember things it used to have to do results in the inability to be able to do them again. No matter how much time has passed, the functionality of your brain will never allow you to drink or use substances recreationally again.
You could have the best of intentions before you begin drinking, telling yourself you’re only going to have one or two. However, alcohol lowers inhibitions and most alcoholics have the inability to stop once they’re started. You may hear the saying in recovery that one is too many and one thousand is never enough, which means that after one drink you lose the ability to control your use. This is the same for those addicted to illicit drugs, as well. Many addicts may think because their drug of choice was methamphetamine or heroin, that it’s okay to drink. The false justification of this could result in a person returning to using. Alcohol decreases a person’s ability to think rationally, whether they’ve been sober or clean for one month or ten years. Abstinence through recovery is the only true way to treat the incurable disease of addiction.
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