Introduction disease addiction
1- Introduction Disease Addiction
This section describes why substance addiction is scientifically proven to be a disease. It explains the ways in which prolonged drug abuse renders the mind and body abnormal and why once the disease of addiction has developed, the addict looses the power to control or stop taking drugs by self will alone. Though the information provided relates to substance addiction, it can also be helpful to those suffering from behavioral addictions. Our hope is that by providing you with information about various aspects of addiction, you will be able to recognize if you are suffering from this disease and what you can do recover from it.
To explain the many facets of the disease of addiction, this section has been divided into the following:
As addicts we suffer in silence due to lack of knowledge about our condition, denial of our problem, or the stigma of being labelled an “addict.” Fear and ignorance have prevented many of us from seeking help for a condition that can be successfully treated.
Due to groundbreaking discoveries about the brain, science has now proven drug addiction to be a brain disease. This page provides an overview of this scientific finding to raise your awareness of how you may be endangering your health by abusing drugs.
This page describes the mental components of the disease of addiction in particular to substance abuse, explaining why addicts are compelled to continue abusing drugs in the face of repeated and severe consequences. Once the disease has developed, an addict’s way of thinking becomes abnormal and they loose the power of choice and control.
While the previous page dealt with the changes that occur in our mind as people addicted to substances, here the physical symptoms of the disease of addiction are described. The information serves to help in understanding why we lose the power to stop our addiction on our own.
As with other chronic diseases, addiction has characteristics that medically define it. Familiarity with these characteristics can help us understand why addiction is recognized as a medical condition.
The disease of addiction has certain characteristic signs and symptoms. By understanding what these are, we can recognize whether we are suffering from it.
Not everyone who uses drugs is an addict. There are three general types of people who use drugs, but it is only the chronic types who develop the disease of addiction. Review the diagram below to identify whether you possess the characteristics of a chronic addict.
The disease of addiction is a vicious cycle, one that is impossible for the addict to break out of on their own. An illustration on this page demonstrates this cycle to explain why an addict needs help outside himself or herself to recover.
No one but you can say whether you are an addict or alcoholic. The best way to determine if you have a problem with substances is to find out for yourself. This test can help you do that.