Addiction as a disease addiction is a complex disease of the brain and body that involves compulsive use of one or more substances despite serious health and social consequences addiction disrupts regions of the brain that are responsible for reward, motivation, learning, judgment and memory. Read free book excerpt from affluenza by wann, de graaf, naylor, page 1 of 5.
Addiction is a disease that affects your brain and behavior when you’re addicted to drugs , you can’t resist the urge to use them, no matter how much harm the drugs may cause drug addiction isn’t about just heroin , cocaine , or other illegal drugs. Addiction is a chronic disease characterized by drug seeking and use that is compulsive, or difficult to control, despite harmful consequences the initial decision to take drugs is voluntary for most people, but repeated drug use can lead to brain changes that challenge an addicted person’s self-control and interfere with their ability to resist intense urges to take drugs.
The disease model of addiction describes an addiction as a disease with biological, neurological, genetic, and environmental sources of origin the traditional medical model of disease requires only that an abnormal condition be present that causes discomfort, dysfunction, or distress to the individual afflicted.
Addiction has very little in common with diseases it is a group of behaviors, not an illness on its own it cannot be explained by any disease process perhaps worst of all, calling addiction a disease interferes with exploring or accepting new understandings of the nature of addiction. Addictive disease our addiction treatment program is designed to treat individuals with alcohol or drug related problems and psychiatric issues when addictive behavior and mental illness create problems that prohibit the patient and family from functioning, peachford provides a comprehensive program to assist in stabilizing the situation. I’ve watched addiction swallow up loved ones, people who were smart and loving and charismatic, and it still took me decades to accept that, as then- surgeon general vivek h murthy stated in his landmark 2016 report, addiction is a chronic illness, not a moral flaw and it is an epidemic with a stigma attached.
I agree that addiction is not a disease, but believe that it is an illness the reward-seeking element can rapidly disappear, even if this is what got an addict started in the first place this is rapidly replaced by a physical need, mainly a need to avoid the intense pain of withdrawal. Drug addiction, also called substance use disorder, is a disease that affects a person's brain and behavior and leads to an inability to control the use of a legal or illegal drug or medication substances such as alcohol, marijuana and nicotine also are considered drugs. Addiction treatment programs can help people of all ages withdraw safely from the physical and psychological effects of drugs, learning to manage their substance use disorder individuals can establish, maintain and enhance skills to cope with the associations of addiction.