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Is Addiction A Brain Disease

For a long time, especially earlier in the 20th century, addiction was believed to be because of moral flaws in an individual. Addicts were condemned to punishment with the hope that this will help correct their morally flawed behavior. Towards the end of the 20th century, new research began to shed light on the question of substance abuse and addiction.
Even though there are new research findings that have questioned the assumptions about drug addiction, there are still people who believe that it is a choice and addiction is a sign of lack of willpower or of good character.

Is Addiction a Brain Disease

What is Addiction?

According to NIDA, drug addiction is the phenomenon where an addict is compelled to seek and use drugs, even when they are aware of the harmful consequences of continued use. The compulsive behavior is caused by changes in brain chemistry which affect how the brain works.

When one takes drugs the brain receptors that are responsible for the reward circuitry are flooded by the ‘feel good’ hormone dopamine. As one continues taking the drug, the brain attempts to adjust dopamine levels. The user must, therefore, take more of the drug in order to get the same effect. This is referred to as tolerance.

Although initially, the addict takes the drug voluntarily, the resulting changes that take place in the brain make the problem of substance abuse more complex. The changes taking place in the brain mean that it is difficult for the addict to treat the problem by sheer will power.

Prolonged use of drug abuse has led to more significant changes in the brain. These changes can affect the addict’s ability to make judgments, affects the memory, affects decision making and can lead to making certain behaviors hardwired.

Effective Treatment of Addiction

At Chiron Recovery, we believe that addiction is a brain disease that needs to be treated by following proven scientific procedures. Our approach is compassionate and non-judgmental. At Chiron Recovery we believe that this atmosphere helps to facilitate quick recovery from substance abuse and alcoholism.

We have different programs that are tailored to meet the needs of our clients. You can choose the program most suited for your needs. Here are some of the programs we have:

Medical Detoxification

Medical detoxification is one of the important parts of the recovery program that is the first step towards successful rehabilitation. The medical detoxification program helps to rid the body of the chemicals that are making changes in the brain. These chemicals complicate the addiction problem and make it harder for the addict to quit.

The misconception that substance abuse is simply a social problem that can be overcome through willpower alone can be dangerous. Withdrawal symptoms can have serious medical implications. Even heavy drinkers may be required to go for detox before commencing with their rehabilitation program. Alcohol can also have serious health implications and the process of withdrawal may require a qualified professional to monitor the patient for the sake of safety.

Counseling and other Programs

Dual diagnosis is part of Chiron’s rehabilitation program. We address any underlying mental conditions that may have led to addiction. This is critical in ensuring a successful recovery and preventing a relapse in the future.

There are individual and group counseling sessions. These sessions are carried out with emphasis on compassion towards the individual with a substance abuse problem. It aims to motivate the addict to make an effort to overcome their addiction problem.

We offer the full spectrum of care as far as alcohol and substance abuse recovery is concerned. We provide individual and group counseling, dual diagnosis, inpatient and outpatient care as well as an aftercare program to monitor the patient after they live at our rehabilitation facility.


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