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Can Demographics Predict Inhalant Abuse Risk

There are a wide variety of different substances that individuals will use in attempts to get high or achieve other appealing effects.  One substance that has continued to be become increasingly abused are inhalants.  Inhalant abuse has continued to affect large amounts of people all over the country, but there seem to be demographics that are more likely to fall into abuse of them.  Unfortunately, because these substances have such wide availability, it can be quite easy for individuals to use and abuse them. Though, when it comes to the various demographics, age, gender, and living status can all play a role in the likelihood of an individual abusing them.  And this could mean that if a person were to know the various predispositions of inhalant abuse, they would better be able to avoid falling into it.

Age Bracket

Overall, statistics seem to display that inhalant abuse is more common in younger individuals.  Other types of drugs may be harder for younger children to obtain, but inhalants such as household cleaning products are much more accessible to them.  And unfortunately, because of their still developing brains, the effects of these substances can be even more damaging.  According to the Monitoring the Future Survey for 2016, 1.8% of 8th graders had used inhalants in the past month, and the same for 1% of 10th graders, and .9% of 12th graders.  This data seems to suggest that inhalant use is more common in younger age brackets.  Though, these rates do not necessarily stay true for how many end up abusing inhalants, as according to data from a 2011 bulletin from the Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality (CBHSQ), 54% of those who attended addiction treatment for inhalants were 18 years of age or older.

Gender Statistics

Age is not the only factor that can affect inhalant use and abuse.  In fact, even gender can play a role in this scenario.  The bulletin from CBHSQ displays that 72% of those who sought treatment for inhalant abuse were male.  This could potentially indicate that more males end up falling into the actual abuse of inhalants, as opposed to having experimented with it for a short time.

Social Groups

A further demographic that can affect inhalant abuse is social grouping.  For instance, those residing in secure environments, such as mental hospitals or prisons tend to be more likely to abuse inhalants.  This could easily be attributed to the condition of availability.  Typical drugs may not be available in these environments, but cleaning supplies or other similar substances could be present.  Those residing in these facilities could reach out to inhalants purely out of the lack of any other types of substances being present.

When Needing Treating for a Drug or Alcohol Addiction

Addiction can be a very difficult condition to be burdened with, but it can be overcome.  Treatment can allow a person to work through their addiction, and be able to achieve a long life of sobriety.  Best Drug Rehabilitation has displayed great success in the treatment of addiction, in large part because we create a unique program for each person admitted to our facility.  We know each person and their addiction are unique, and so we treat them accordingly.  Our program can help you or your loved one to finally break free of the chains of addiction.  Do not wait, give us a call today and one of our staff will answer any questions that you may have.

Drug Interaction vs. Drug Overdose: Why Both are Dangerous

There can be a variety of dangers associated with the use, side effects, and abuse of drugs or alcohol.  But there can be certain conditions of drug use that can be particularly hazardous to a person.  Two of these potential conditions are drug overdose and drug interaction.

What is Drug Interaction?

Drug interaction can produce a variety of different results.  There is a multitude of various substances out there that are used by individuals, and these all produce their own types of effects.  But a whole new level of effects and reactions can be produced when an individual begins to combine different substances with each other.  This may not even necessarily be a situation that the individual is aware of, as there are many who receive various prescriptions from different or unaware practitioners, and they could combine these medications without knowing the potential reactions.  This could produce a wide variety of different effects upon a person.  There is also the situation of those who combine illicit drugs with various other substances.  They often do this to achieve a better high without realizing the dangers of it, or simply not caring.  The various interactions of drugs can be extremely risky.  For instance, opiates and alcohol are both depressants, and when combined, they tend to magnify each other’s effects.  The combination of these two can actually cause the central nervous system to shut down, resulting in respiratory arrest and death.

Drug Overdose

Drug overdose is a condition that can be brought about by one of a few different ways.  In very simple terms, a drug overdose is when too much of a substance is taken into the body, causing a variety of different reactions.  This can come about from a multitude of substances, and how much it takes can vary between individuals.  More potent substances, such as opiates, can be much easier to overdose on than others.  But an overdose can also be brought about by drug interactions, depending on what the substances are and how much is used.  Overdose can be extremely dangerous and can result in a toxic state or death.  Just as with drug interactions, overdose can be accidental or intentional.  It could be due to the person attempting to obtain a better high, accidentally taking too much, or because they are trying to commit suicide.

What Both Conditions Could Indicate

Obviously, the bottom line is that both of these conditions can be hazardous and even deadly.  The various interactions of substances should be known before attempting to mix them.  And for those who are doing it to get a better high, it is likely that addiction treatment should be attended.  As for drug overdose, this can be a large indicator that a person is needing help with substance abuse and should receive treatment.

Best Drug Rehabilitation Can Help You or Your Loved One

Struggling with drug or alcohol addiction can be an extremely arduous proposition, but there is help available.  Here at Best Drug Rehabilitation, we help thousands to break free of the chains of addiction every year and can do the same for you or your loved one.  Our program is unique, in that it is designed to provide an individualized treatment regimen for each person.  This allows issues and difficulties that are particular to the individual to be addressed, which is very important for handling the overall addiction.  Begin the journey of recovery today by giving us a call.

Snorting Cocoa: The Latest Drug Craze

There are a multitude of drugs around the world that individuals use and abuse.  And different trends of use rise and fall.  But there are also unconventional substances that individuals will use in attempts to get some sort of effect.  There has been a multitude of these types of substances, from paint thinner and aerosol to nutmeg and Smarties candy.  In a new trend, people have been snorting a substance that a large majority of Americans have ingested every day, that substance being cocoa, which is the main ingredient of chocolate.

Upon initial consideration, one may think that someone would do this because of the sugar high, but that is not the case.  Base cocoa typically contains no sugar, but rather the high or euphoria obtained is produced from the chemical makeup and properties of the base substance.

This interesting use of cocoa was first reported around spring of last year.  It had initially begun to gain increasing popularity within Western Europe in a multitude of clubs.  Several different clubs had started holding regular cocoa-fueled parties in which individuals would spend their night snorting the powder and dancing the night away.

The Effects Produced By Snorting Cocoa

According to reports, the effects that cocoa produces include a rush of endorphins into the bloodstream which brings about a feeling of euphoria, and then the magnesium hits, which de-tenses the body, and relaxes the muscles.  According to various reports, raw cocoa can have a variety of health benefits when ingested, including cardiovascular and stimulate brain power.  According to advocates of this practice, raw cocoa is far more potent.  The effects of snorting cocoa are quick short lived in comparison to many drugs, last only around 15 minutes.

The direct effects of cocoa on the brain are subtle in comparison to many other drugs of abuse, but they stimulate in a similar way, namely influencing and increasing the neurotransmitter dopamine within the brain.  Research has also displayed that cocoa influences the production of serotonin, a chemical which responsible for mood regulation.  There are a couple other components of cocoa that are said to have an influencing effect, which are anandamide and phenylethylamine.  But according to Dr. Catherine Kwik-Uribe, research, and director of Mars Symbioscience, which is a science-based department of the Mars candy bar company, these chemicals are found only in negligible amounts, and so would have no mood altering properties, which likely makes the good feelings of cocoa more of a placebo effect.

Snorting is not the only method that many individuals are employing the powder.  It is also frequently consumed through the means of drinks or pills as well.  This practice of using cocoa has actually become so popular, that many prefer it over alcohol, cocaine, or ecstasy.  In fact, a few of these venues that have cocoa type parties actually prohibit alcohol and illegal drugs.  Being that cocoa is legal, and has subtle mood-boosting effects, the parties are more centered around socializing and as a way amplify the effects of the electronic and hip hop music being played.

Seeking Help for A Drug or Alcohol Addiction

There are many drugs out there that can produce very severe addictions, which often requires individuals to seek treatment to overcome.  Here at Best Drug Rehabilitation, we help thousands to overcome their addiction every single year and would like to do the same for you or your loved one.  We tailor a unique program to every single individual that comes into our facility, and this helps to treat the overall addiction.  Give us a call today, and our staff will answer any questions that you may have about our program.

Opioids and Alcohol: A Deadly Combination

Substance abuse can be an extremely dangerous activity.  Of course, different drugs and alcohol by themselves can harm a person’s body in many ways, but the dangers are even more compounded when the person partakes in several substances in combination.

One of the more dangerous combinations that a person may partake in is that of opiates and alcohol.  Not only can both of these be dangerous in large amounts in their own right, but when combined they can magnify the negative effects of each other.  Both of these substances play off of each other in a few different ways.  For instance, opiates tend to increase the rate of alcohol absorption into the body, increasing its effects, while alcohol increases the depressant effect of opiates.

Each of these has their own unique array of effects that they have on a person.  Alcohol can bring about intoxication, slurred speech, lowered inhibitions, and when a person consumes too much, it can include nausea, vomiting, and even death from alcohol poisoning.  Opiates, as most know, are typically used for medical pain management, but their effects include slowing down or depressing the central nervous system, which alcohol can also achieve.

Effects of Combining Alcohol and Opiates

Both of these substances are depressants, which is in large part why they exacerbate each other’s effects.  The combination of both of these powerful substances can be numerous, including:

  • Irregular Breathing
  • Heart Rate Decrease
  • Respiratory Depression (decreased respiration rate)
  • Lowering of body temperature
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Seizures
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Comatose
  • Death

This combination influences the effects of each substance in various ways.  For instance, alcohol tolerance becomes significantly lower when combined with opiates, which increases the possibility of alcohol poisoning.  Vice versa, the effects of opiates are increased heavily by the presence of alcohol in the system.

The potential for overdose can increase greatly when combining these two substances.  Being that they exaggerate each other’s effects, the person can often consume too much of both.  The result is that they will experience much heavier effects than they would have in taking the same amount of each substance by itself.  This makes the substances hit them much harder and faster than they may have anticipated.  Figures have been reported as high as 98% of opiate overdoses involving alcohol and/or other depressants of the central nervous system.

While the use of any substance can be dangerous when such substances are used to excess, individuals who combine substances have much higher risk.  These people can be putting themselves in grave danger every time they use a concoction of two or more substances.  Just as individuals prescribed medication are told not to mix them with anything, the same could be applied to many mind and physiologically altering substances.  Plus, mixtures like this can create very severe addiction to multiple substances, which is difficult to overcome.  Treatment is typically the best option for individuals in this position.

Attending Best Drug Rehabilitation for Drug or Alcohol Addiction

It can be an extremely difficult proposition to recover from drug or alcohol addiction, but it is far from impossible to recover from it.  Whatever the addiction may be, a person can overcome it with proper addiction treatment.  Best Drug Rehabilitation takes a very unique approach to addiction treatment, in that we customize a program for every single person that is admitted into our program.  This allows us to address the person’s overall addiction, including any underlying factors or issues of it.  Our advisors are standing by to answer any questions that you may have about our program.  Do not wait, give us a call today.

The Dangers of Labeling Yourself in Addiction Rehab

There can be a multitude of different labels when it comes to addiction and recovery.  Individuals always end up being labeled as something during the course of addiction or treatment, whether it be addict, alcoholic, drug addict, druggie, etc.

The trouble with addiction as a condition is that there is often a flood of labels placed on a person.  For instance, the typical beginning of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), or Narcotics Anonymous (NA) is the person announcing their name and that they are an addict.

The large trouble with labels like these is that they can immediately stigmatize addiction and bring about preconceptions in the eyes of the person, friends and family, and the overall society.  It can begin to cause the person to have preconceptions about themselves, or bring feelings of self-loathing or shame into the equation, which are no good for an individual in recovery.  These can, in fact, be relapse triggers if they are not properly addressed or handled.

Recovery Without Labels

When looking at these different points, it raises the question of whether a person can begin their journey of recovery without being labeled and without stigmatization.  The short answer is yes.  There are many different types of treatments out there that circumvent the labeling of people as addicts.  For instance, one such treatment is SMART Recovery, which uses tools and methods for coping and self-expression, while avoiding traditional labels.  It helps a person to develop coping skills and obtain tools to handle negative self-evaluation or talk, which allows the individual to have ways to handle these things without falling effect to them.

The bottom line is that these types of labels can have very negative connotations when it comes to addiction.  A person who is struggling with addiction is simply that – a person.  They are dealing with a condition which they need help for.  The introduction of labels and the connotations, stigmatization, and preconceptions that go along with them is unnecessary, and in fact, complicate and worsen matters.  The person should be able to seek help and treatment without being misjudged or evaluated negatively, as they are there seeking help and that is what matters.  Overcoming the physical and mental effects of addiction can be troublesome and arduous as it is, and the difficulty of handling them can be compounded by these useless labels.  A person needs to learn self-empowerment and self-reliance, and labels are counterproductive to that, whether it be someone else labeling them, or placing those labels on themselves.

When Seeking Help for A Drug or Alcohol Addiction

Struggling with a drug or alcohol addiction can be an extremely difficult situation, but the upside is that it can be overcome.  There can be many difficult points and barriers, but through proper addiction treatment, it can be addressed and handled.  One of the most important things when it comes to addiction treatment is that it addresses each person uniquely.  Addiction is not a one size fits all condition, and it cannot be treated as such.  A person needs rehab that will address their addiction, as well as the underlying issues and factors that are unique to each person.  Here at Best Drug Rehabilitation, we do an assessment of every person that is admitted, which allows us to craft the best possible program for them.  Do not wait, give us a call today, and one of our staff can answer any questions that you may have.

Common Admissions Criteria Required by Drug Rehabs

Addiction treatment can be one of the greatest things that a person can do.  It can help a person to overcome their addiction, as well as address the underlying causes of it.  There can be varying criteria as far as what is required to be admitted into a treatment center, but there tend to be ones that are common to almost every treatment center.  These ensure that a person will be able to get the most out of their time at a treatment center, and actually be able to receive benefit.  These can include things such as:

  • Age – Depending on the treatment center, there can be varying age requirements. Some limit it to 16 or 18 and above, while there are other treatment centers specifically formatted for younger individuals.
  • Gender – Typical rehab centers will provide treatment for both genders, but there are also centers designed for each gender specifically.
  • Medical – When beginning admissions, a medical examination will many times be done to help determine any conditions that the person has. The person can provide records or information of conditions they may already have, or provide records of an exam done recently in some cases.
  • Mental and Emotional – Many centers can treat co-occurring disorders or emotional struggles but information about diagnoses must be provided to the treatment center. This is to ensure it is something they can work with, or ensure that the treatment will benefit them.  It is typically ideal for conditions like these to be stable before beginning addiction treatment.
  • Physical – Physical condition can play a large role in receiving treatment. A person should be able to be fully involved and participate in addiction treatment without physical limitations.  If a person does have physical conditions or limitations, it is better that they attend a center that specializes in treating individuals with them.
  • Spiritual or Religious – Each person can have unique viewpoints or beliefs when it comes to spiritual or religious aspects. It is important that these are voiced so that a center can best work with them, or even implement them into a person’s treatment.  Religion and beliefs can be very beneficial in a person’s treatment being that they can often be a large part of their life.
  • Previous Treatment – A facility should be informed of any previous treatment received. This helps them to better understand what has been going on with the person, as well as to help provide the best treatment and program this time around.  Facilities can typically provide forms for you to fill out called Release of Information forms, which can be given to previous facilities so that they can send their records to the current facility.

A facility can often provide a pre-admissions form which will request a lot of this information.  This way, most of the needed information is provided to them quickly.  They can use this form to assess the case, and then request any additional information needed.  Filling these types of forms out helps to streamline the process of admission.

Let Best Drug Rehabilitation Help You or Your Loved One Today

Struggling with addiction can be a tough place to be in, but it can be overcome with the proper treatment.  Here at Best Drug rehabilitation, we provide comprehensive treatment that is tailored to each individual to address their addiction, as well as the issues and factors that underlie it.  Give us a call today, and our advisors will answer any questions that you may have.

Leaving Rehab Early: How to Ensure Your Loved One Finishes Treatment

Addiction can be a very difficult condition to deal with, and the reality is that recovery from it can be difficult and arduous as well.  It can take some time for a person to be able to truly overcome and get past their addiction to a point where their sobriety is not as precarious as it was in the early stages of recovery.  Because of the hardship and difficulty that can arise during addiction treatment, there are often individuals who attempt to leave early before their program is completed.  This can also happen at times when a person feels like they are “done” before they complete the full program.

How Leaving Early Can Be Dangerous

The reality is that it can be quite detrimental to a person’s long-term recovery if they leave early.  Not only does it potentially leave them in a precarious position with their sobriety, but it also causes them to miss out on a large part of treatment that could address key factors behind their addictions. They could miss out on key coping tools for them to stay sober.

Families can often feel torn because their loved one may call them saying that they want to come home, and even beg to come home, but the family wants them to stay in treatment.  And while it can be tough hearing that your loved one is upset, it is also for the greatest good if they remain in treatment.  It helps the addict and the family in the long run.

There are many things that a family can do to ensure that their loved one remains in treatment.  And while it can be difficult at times, family members can be one of the biggest providers of support and encouragement for an addict, which is why they must remain steadfast in keeping the person in treatment.  They are the addict’s cheerleaders so to speak, but they are also the ones who must work to encourage them to do what is best.  Methods to help ensure that a loved one stays in treatment include:

  • Encouragement – Encouraging the addict to remain in treatment and pursue the treatment program can be one of the most effective ways to help them remain in treatment.  The immediate hardships they are experiencing can seem overwhelming, but encouragement can help the person to remain convicted to overcoming these troubles.
  • Don’t “Save Them” – What is meant by this is if a loved one in treatment calls and says it is too hard and needs to come home, and asks you to come get them or pay for them to come home, do not do it. While it may upset them for the time being, allowing them to remain in the facility and continue to go through the program is what is going to let them overcome these hardships.  Rescuing them only pulls them out of treatment prematurely and can potentially end up in them relapsing later on.
  • Maintain a Positive Attitude – The reality is that when a person in treatment is trying to leave and is turned down, they can potentially have quite an explosion of emotions. They may get angry, sad, and in other ways upset, but you must maintain a positive mindset and get across the truth that things will get better.  Retaliating to their emotion may only make things worse.

Let Best Drug Rehabilitation Help You or Your Loved One

Addiction can be a tough condition to overcome by oneself, but we can help them to get past it.  Our treatment program is extremely comprehensive and is unique to each person.  There can be many individual underlying factors or issues and these need to be addressed as part of a person’s treatment for them to have the most success.  We offer a list of modalities that can accommodate any person’s needs and beliefs.  Give us a call today and our advisors will answer any questions that you may have.

How to Intervene When Your Roommate Enjoys Getting “Blackout” Drunk

There can be varying degrees of severity of addictions.  One substance addiction that can become very severe for many individuals is that of alcohol addiction.  A large issue when it comes to alcohol addiction is that it can go unnoticed, or not really be paid attention to simply due to the social acceptance of alcohol in our society today.  This allows many individuals to drink very frequently, or drink copious amounts in a binge fashion, and yet it appears to be a “normal” thing.  This can be seen a lot in colleges, or in younger generations.  In fact, it is now all too common for people to drink so much that they blackout as a result.  According to an article from Medical Daily, “One 2015 study reviewed 1,402 English teens between the ages of 15-19 years old and found that 30 percent of 15-year-olds reported blacking out from excessive alcohol consumption. This number jumped to 74 percent in 19-year-olds.”

It can be difficult to live with an individual who drinks very heavily or blacks out, and those with roommates who do so often wonder how they can assist their co-resident.  There are many different ways that you can intervene upon your roommate if they get blackout drunk.  Sometimes people tend to be afraid of intervening upon friends or roommates who they observe in these habits.  They fear they may irritate the person, or ruin the friendship or living environment as a result.  But the reality is that getting blackout drunk can, in fact, be very dangerous, as well as not ideal for a living arrangement of course.  Steps for intervening can include things such as:

  • Talk – Of course, an initial step is to have a talk with them about their drinking habits and the results of them. In some circumstances, this may be all that is required for them to lessen their drinking, or to even stop.  While this may be rare, it can still happen.  When speaking to them, it is important to not be invalidated or brusque, as this can often cause them to simply continue their behavior out of spite and antagonism.  Express your concern and care for them that they are overdoing it and that they causing damage to your relationship and/or living arrangements.
  • Monitor – While no one wants to play babysitter, monitoring them while they drink may allow you to stop it from reaching the level of a full blackout. If they drink at home regularly, or you spend time with them out at parties, you can work to ensure that they watch their drinking and do not consume too much at one time.
  • Get Others Involved – If despite talking to and monitoring their drinking they continue to get blackout drunk and do not care about your concerns or the consequences, you could get others involved too. Let their friends or family know what is going on so that they can talk to the person and help convince them to cease their behavior.  Worst case scenario, help get the person into treatment to resolve the problem.

Seeking Treatment for an Addiction for Yourself or for a Loved One

If you or your loved one are seeking help with an addiction to drugs or alcohol, give Best Drug Rehabilitation a call today.  Our program is based on the premise that every addiction is unique, and this allows us to craft a unique treatment program for each person that is admitted into our facility.  Our comprehensive programs are designed to address the addiction, as well as the underlying issues and factors of it.  We have success in treating hundreds of people a year, and we want to do the same for you or your loved one.  Do not wait, give us a call today.

Why Even the Most Severe Addictions Can be Resolved Through Rehab

Addiction is a very interesting condition, in that not only can it develop with one or several things including drugs and alcohol, or even food or TV, but there is also the apparency that it has no one, single way to resolve it.  Addiction can vary for each person, as far as to what they are addicted to, and how severe the addiction is.  Whatever the situation with a person’s addiction may be, there is one method that can address them, and that is rehab.

Rehab for addiction is something which can vary greatly.  There is a multitude of types of facilities, as well as a large amount of different modalities.  The typical and most well-known type of treatment out there is inpatient programs.  The right inpatient program is going to be able to address virtually any severity of addiction.  Drugs and alcohol can produce very severe addictions, but the right treatment can address them.

Steps Of A Treatment Program

Generally, when it comes to drugs or alcohol, detox will need to be addressed first.  The accumulations of substances within a person’s system need to be detoxed so that the physical dependency can be handled.  And while is a critical foundation for any drug or alcohol addiction treatment, detox should never be the only action that a person takes.  The physiological aspects of drug or alcohol addiction are only part of the whole bigger picture, and there is more that needs to be handled for the person to achieve long-term sobriety that lasts a lifetime.

When it comes to the rest of the treatment, there are a variety of different components of a quality treatment program that need to be considered here.  For one, whatever the person’s addiction may be, there are generally speaking several underlying difficulties and factors behind that addiction.  Addiction is a condition which can have many other things that are influencing and contributing to it.  Addressing these is critical to a person’s overall recovery.

With addictions that don’t have anything to do with drugs or alcohol, there is not always some sort of physical dependence, so addressing the other factors is the immediate first step to take.  Behavioral addictions can develop with virtually anything, depending on the person, and so it requires an individualized regimen of treatment.  In reality, no addiction is the same, whether it be to substances or not, and therefore treatment programs that are crafted uniquely to the person tend to have the best success for them.

Treatment can help a person to curb their immediate use or behavior, as well as help them to discover the root factors behind it.  While some may feel hopeless about their addiction, the right rehab can help to overcome this condition.  While the severity of the habit can be a major factor, it also does not make it necessarily impossible to overcome the addiction.

Finding Help for a Drug or Alcohol Addiction

Struggling with addiction can be a very despairing situation, but there is help out there.  Addiction can always be addressed through treatment, and it is important that struggling individuals seek help quickly.  Here at Best Drug Rehabilitation, we craft an individualized program to every person that is admitted into our facility.  This way their unique underlying issues and factors are sure to be addressed within their own treatment program.  Our staff is extremely qualified and expert at helping to guide individuals through their treatment and into long term sobriety.  Do not let your addiction hold onto your life any longer, give us a call today and one of our advisors will answer any questions that you may have.

The Dangers of Allowing Addicts to Believe Addiction is a Disease

There have been multiple different viewpoints upon the exact classification of addiction.  Whether it be a disease, a genetic trait, a moral flaw, behavioral problem etc.  Addiction appearing a disease is a very common one, and this idea has been the subject of much debate over the years.  The truth is, when comparing addiction to traditional diseases, this classification does not really stick true.

Diseases like cancer, diabetes or polio, all have been traced and the precise source discovered.  And for the most part, they have a series of treatments that are uniform and workable as well.  Whereas with addiction, though, there has been speculation as to the exact cause or source, and it can vary for individuals.  Plus, there is the fact that the same treatment does not work for everyone with addiction.  Many diseases are also mostly physiological and beyond the person’s control in many cases. And while addiction can bring about a physiological dependence, there is no physiological cause or root gene that is behind it.

How Labeling Addiction as a Disease Can Hinder Treatment

This addiction being a disease mindset can potentially be counterproductive to a person’s being able to recover.  Some have even used it as a type of justification for them being addicted, and why they will, “Never be able to stop.”  Treatment programs or mentalities that indoctrinate addicts with this end up giving them a reason not to stop, believing that their addiction is beyond their control.  And while addiction can be extremely difficult, despairing, and arduous, the reality is that it can be overcome.

Renowned Neuroscientist, Marc Lewis endeavored into this subject of addiction being a disease, and in fact wrote a book on it, titled “The Biology of Desire: Why Addiction is not a Disease.”  Much of the medical idea of addiction being a disease focuses upon the alterations of the brain from substances.  But Lewis states in his book, “Medical researchers are correct that the brain changes with addiction.  But the way it changes has to do with learning and development — not disease.”  Yes, addiction can change the brain in certain ways, but this does not constitute it as a legitimate disease.  Lewis goes over the stories of five different addicts in his book who made it into recovery, and he explained what is wrong with the disease mode of addiction.

The proof is really in results.  With known diseases, the view and classification of them as diseases has led to an eventual resolution or mitigation of them.  Whereas, viewing or classifying addiction as a disease, has not really produced many results as far as to the resolution of it over the years of attempting to treat it in this way.

When Needing Help With a Drug or Alcohol Addiction

So, while addiction may not necessarily be a disease, there are still ways to treat it that can be very successful.  Proper addiction treatment can help a person to overcome their addiction, and locate and address underlying factors and difficulties that are behind it.  Treatment is a very unique thing, in that each person has different aspects and characteristics of their case of addiction that need to be addressed.  When addiction is treated as a one size fits all condition, individual factors are not addressed, and these can be a reason for relapse down the road.  Here at Best Drug Rehabilitation, we review and assess each person’s case as soon as they are admitted into our program, and we then use this information to craft a custom program that fits them to treat their addiction.  We are successful in treating thousands of people’s addictions every year and would like to do the same for you or your loved one.  Start to break free from the chains of addiction and give us a call today.

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