Substance Use Disorder (SUD) or addiction is a brain disease characterized by the inability of the individual to stop using a substance. When choice is no longer an option we are dealing with a SUD. But what are drug addiction causes?
The effects of addiction are far reaching and can be seen in the home, on the job, in churches and in schools. If left unchecked, the drug is going to win. Abuse is a disease of the brain, and the drugs change brain.
Addiction is progressive and most of the time treatment is required to end the addiction. When we drink, we enjoy the flavor of the drink, the relaxing feeling we get when we drink it and often have a drink in a social setting with friends.
"Marijuana is not
harmful or addictive" is often stated by those who use it regularly.
Research, shows that in fact marijuana is addictive and in fact is
causing one of the highest incidence of addiction in the US.
If you are a
friend or a family member of someone who is addicted, you’re probably
wondering what you can do to help. Sometimes an intervention can help
the addict to break their denial to begin treatment.
In meeting and working with addiction recovery patients over the years we have found that one of the most important aspects of their recovery is having the opportunity to share their stories and their life experience.
Drug programs are as varied as the people who become addicted. Young and old, white and black, male and female, no one can avoid addiction. We won't endorse a treatment, we will try to give you an introduction on the topic.
Addiction is a disease of the brain and becomes a disease of the SOUL!
Drug addiction, left untreated, becomes a disease of the soul. We have “lost control” and substance abuse has taken control of our lives.
How can you explain the change in behavior that takes a bright, well-educated, ambitious, engaging person and transforms them into a heartless, self-centered liar that steals from his/her own family, abandons their spouse and children, and willfully chooses the road to death rather than a happy and fulfilling life?
Addiction poisons the very soul of a person and turns them into an unreasoning animal. Because addiction is a spiritual disease, if you are going to be healed, your soul must be healed. You can try to overcome drug addiction on your own, like pulling yourself up by your own bootstraps, and some people might be able to do it, but most can’t. Healing our soul is offered as a gift from a “power greater than ourselves”.
People in recovery from alcoholism and drug addiction will tell you that one drink, or one hit is too many and a whole ocean-full, or even the most potent drug isn’t enough. Drug addiction does not have to be the winner, but addicts need the tools to access strength and support. You have to be honest with yourself and realistic about the problem. Addicts must realize that they can’t use drugs and they can’t take a drink because the consequences are serious at a minimum, and too often deadly. There is hope!
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