Speaking about drug addiction can become very confusing. Some believe that drug addiction is a moral dilemma and that the addict can quit if they would just have enough willpower, while others believe that drug addiction is a disease for which there is no known cure. Both of these are true to some extent, but do not entirely define the addict and their disease. Let’s now take a look at the 5 things you should know about drug addiction.
What Is Drug Addiction?
Drug addiction is more than just bad behavior; it’s actually classified by The American Society for Addiction Medicine (ASAM) as a chronic brain disease that is not only progressive, but can be fatal. Although, there is no known cure for drug addiction, it is treatable and can be put into remission so long the addict is willing to work a simple program of recovery. Most real addicts and alcoholics (not drug abusers or problem drinkers – there is a difference) in recovery favor a 12-step program for the continued treatment of their disease.
If a user is suffering from the disease of addiction they will no longer be able to stop on their own and it will progressively get worse. There is no cure for addiction and the longer the addict uses, the more they will engage in obsessive thinking over using, and experience unbearable cravings for more.
Drug addiction is fatal, but is also preventable. Those who are addicted to drugs and alcohol who continue using or drinking without getting help will ultimately die from the disease of addiction.
The disease of addiction is a chronic brain disease that will eventually kill its user if they continue to abuse drugs and/or alcoholic. It does not matter how much “willpower” the person has; recovery is more about willingness. If the addict is willing to work a program of recovery and make a decision to continue on in their journey, then the chronic disease of addiction will be arrested.
Drug addiction and alcoholism, although not curable, is 100% treatable provided once again that the addict is willing to attend a treatment program of some kind in order to continue on in their sobriety. Some addicts are able to get clean and sober in the rooms of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or Narcotics Anonymous (NA), but some are in need of additional help for other underlying mental health issues that may be preventing them from truly recovering from their addiction. This is where a dual diagnosis treatment center will benefit the recovery process so that long-term sobriety is a reality.
An addict will most likely relapse if they are not treating their addiction. Relapse is preventable if the addict is willing to continue on with their program of recovery and/or treatment plan that is outlined by their treatment provider.
Recovery From Drug Addiction
Recovery from drug addiction and alcoholism is a reality and anyone can obtain it if they are willing to take a few suggestions and simple steps towards treating their addiction. Many people struggle for years with their addiction because they are unwilling to admit they have a problem and need help. There is no shame in getting treatment for addiction; it’s a disease which you are powerless over, and we can help. For more information on how you can recover today, contact The Watershed now. We understand where you are at and know how to help.Tags: 12Steps, disease of addiction, drug addiction