Addiction Is a Complex, Chronic Disease
We all know people who think that substance abusers simply lack will power or that they remain addicts because they choose not to quit. This theory is incorrect. Addiction is a disease that is very difficult to control, regardless of its harmful effects. Repeated drug and alcohol use affects the brain’s “reward circuit,” making it harder and harder to quit over time — no matter how much the addict wishes to stop.
Why Do Some People Become Addicted?
There is no definitive answer yet to this question. However, researchers know that a combination of factors may contribute to a person’s risk for addiction. These include:
- Genetic abnormalities and other biological factors
- Presence of mental disorders
- Social environment including peer pressure and a high level of stressors
- General quality of life, including economic factors
- Childhood traumas such as physical and mental abuse
- Lack of parental guidance
- Age at which drug or alcohol use begins
- Addictive personality characterized by impulsive behavior, non-conformity and risk-taking
- Co-occurring conditions such as depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder
Addiction Can Be Treated Successfully
No cure has been found yet for addiction, but it can be managed through professional medical treatment and long-term therapy. Relapsing is always a risk after treatment and recovering addicts must be on guard throughout their entire lives to prevent a relapse.
Buena Vista Recovery helps patients get through the initial detox process and provides several types of therapy to help achieve and maintain lifelong sobriety. We customize treatment plans for each patient based on his or her addictions and risk factors. No matter who you are or how you became addicted, our staff is here to help!