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What is addiction?
Addiction is a term that is used to describe a recurring compulsion by the person that engages him in a particular activity, inspite of the harmful consequences to their health and social life. It is accepted all over that addiction is a disease and a state of psychological dependence on something that can have damaging effects on oyur body.
It is said that addiction is one of the complex and perplexing problem arising in hew society. It crosses the limits of the culture and socioeconomic levels, takes a dangerous price on the lives of the people and also raises the costs of health care. The cause of the addiction can be genetic, psychosocial or neurobiological.
Addiction is a chronic regressing disease of the brain. The brain imaging shows that the addiction severely affects the areas of the brain that are responsible for different functions like decision making, behavior control, learning and memory. Thus, people who are addicted exhibit destructive and compulsive behaviors. Addition can be of different types. It may be drug addiction, alcohol addiction, sex addiction, gambling addiction, pornography addiction, etc.
It is demonstrated by the scientific studies that a proper combination of medications, behavioral therapy and group support help the addicted person to travel on the road towards recovery. Treatment is just the onset of addiction. For long term recovery, you need to make a lifetime commitment to healthy actions and decisions. Reversion may be possible at times. So families should be prepared and also prepare the addicted person to face it.
Parents are willing to have their children’s doctors screen the adults for alcohol problems and make a recommendation about what to do, a study found. The American Academy of Pediatrics has recognized the child health care visit as a good place to deal with family issues, but there was little information about how parents would….
Twin research projects have offered both present and future hope to people suffering from alcohol addiction. US researchers say that epilepsy drug topiramate boosts general health as well as cutting the craving for drink. A UK specialist said the potential side-effects of topiramate still merited caution. A separate project showed that a single injection of….
Does affordable drug treatment really exist? Yes. There are facilities that do provide affordable treatment to patients. Often, these facilities are government run. As stated by the NIDA, “Because drug abuse and addiction are major public health problems, a large portion of drug treatment is funded by local, State, and Federal governments.” This is where….
Michael Walsh lost 16 years to alcohol and cocaine addiction. Now sober, he’s trying to help others find their way out through a new secular peer-support group called LifeRing. Alcoholics Anonymous was instrumental in his recovery, but as an atheist, Walsh, now 41, struggled with the concept of the higher power found in AA’s program…..
Since the early 1970s, the War on Drugs has officially cost American taxpayers more than a trillion dollars! It is estimated that as many as two percent of the entire United States population is in prison and many of them are service sentences for drug related offenses. Still thousands more have died as a result….