The Disease Of Addiction
A simple definition of disease is that it’s a medical condition that prevents the body from functioning normally. Is having an addiction problem or struggling with alcoholism a choice or a disease? Even though most medical professionals and the American Medical Association (AMA) agree addiction is a disease, there are still those who disagree. While taking that first drink or drug may be a choice, it can lead to an altered state of the brain that takes away the ability to choose to continue using or stop.
Advances in neuroscience and imaging technology have allowed the AMA and the American Society of Addiction Medicine to classify addiction as a chronic, often-relapsing brain disease that causes compulsive use of mind or mood-altering substances, despite harmful consequences to the individual and those around them.
How We Treat Addiction
The only solution to the disease of addiction is total abstinence from all addictive substances. The disease model considers addiction as a progressive disease that is irreversible even if one achieves total abstinence from drugs and alcohol. Once past traumas, family influences and other prolonged issues are dealt with in a rehab facility, daily repetitive treatment is required to prevent relapsing.
Relapse plays a big role in addiction, which proves sobriety is difficult to maintain. GateHouse Treatment’s evidence-based therapy helps reduce the chances of relapse by identifying behaviors and environmental issues that contribute to it and finding suitable solutions.
GateHouse Treatment allows clients to build a new life focused on sobriety and recovery with peer-group support and help from professionals in the field. Here, clients find the inspiration to dive into the recovery process and the hope they need to make sobriety a way of life.
Signs & Symptoms
There are physical and behavioral symptoms of addiction. While they vary significantly from person to person, here are a few common ones to look for:
- Dilated or constricted pupils
- Bloodshot, red eyes
- Increased blood pressure and heart rate
- Decreased coordination
- Slowed reaction time
- Paranoia or hallucinations
- Psychotic and violent behavior
- Memory problems
- Slurred speech or rapid, rambling speech
- Weight loss
- Chills and sweating
- Lack of pain sensation
- Rashes, bruises, bumps around drug entrance points
- Needle marks (if injecting drugs)
- Coordination problems
- Repeated drug use – daily or multiple times a day
- Withdrawal symptoms when drug use stops
- Needing more to get the same effect over time
- Taking more than you intended
- Spending money irresponsibly
- Not meeting obligations or fulfilling responsibilities
- Continuing to use even after facing negative consequences
- Driving under the influence
- Stealing to maintain a supply
- Being irritable or aggressive
- Lack of energy or enthusiasm for anything other than using
- Attempting to control or stop use and failing
If you recognize any of these symptoms in yourself or a loved one, they might be suffering from addiction. Please know that there is a solution. Please contact GateHouse Treatment today for yourself or a loved one seeking long term recovery from addiction.
Types of Addiction
Opiod & Opiate
Types of Addiction
Opiod & Opiate Addiction
Prescription Drug Addiction
Cross Drug Addiction
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