A National Directory of Drug Treatment Centers and Alcohol Treatment Centers, Therapists and Specialists. A free, simple directory providing assistance and guidance for those seeking help regarding alcohol addiction, drug addiction, dependency and many other conditions that affect the mind, body and soul.
to speak with an alcohol or drug abuse counselor.
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.
With their drinking problems behind them, studies show recovered alcoholics may still face social disorders or deficits. According to ABC News, a recent Boston-based study by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs compared the brain function of a group of former alcoholics with the brain function….
Mike was sober for 14 years. Then, at age 14, he took his first drink. And he drank until it defined him. First he called himself a drinker. Years later, when he was willing to admit it, he began using a new word: alcoholic. Mike (who asked that his last name not be printed) tried….
Many alcoholics suffer from the same types of issues which cause them to drink. Core issues that interfere with an individual’s ability to appropriately cope with what they are doing or why cause a lot of problems for addicts. Luckily, alcohol treatment centers can help those addicted to alcohol to actually overcome many of the….
Tasmanian parents are being warned against allowing their children to drink alcohol. The warning follows a national health insurers’ survey of 1200 adults earlier this year. More than half the Tasmanians interviewed thought it was acceptable for 15 to 17-year-olds to drink at home supervised by their parents. The Director of the Brain and Mind….
If you or a loved one is addicted to drugs and enters into treatment it’s important that you understand that not all types of drug treatment are effective for all people and often times people leave drug treatment for a number of different reasons that are and are not always related to their addiction. The….