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.
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.
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: