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Drug addiction articles are an important resource for those who have questions, but may have hesitation speaking with a professional. It’s important to have a good source of information which is generated less from opinions of outside sources and more from a firsthand knowledge and experience. Here you will find the latest ideas and news available pertaining to addiction and substance abuse from sources within the field and up to date medical research. Our articles tackle the heavy topics surrounding addiction with the intention of sparking thoughtful insight on these subjects while educating the reader about tools for prevention and treatment.
Many people who haven’t experienced addictive behavior in their lives do not understand why people become addicted to drugs. There is the commonly mistaken perception drug abuse, alcoholism and addictions are strictly a social problem, and the characterization that those who take drugs are morally weak. One common misconception is that drug abusers should be able to just stop taking drugs if they are only willing to change their behavior, the idea that if they tried hard enough or cared enough, they could change. What is often underestimated is the profound complexity of drug addiction that because it is a disease that impacts the brain, changing addictive behavior is not simply a matter of willpower alone. Drugs are chemicals which interact with the brain’s communication system and disrupt the way nerve cells normally send, receive, and process information. In our drug addiction articles we take a look at the ways substance abuse deteriorates the life of an individual and why.
Drug addiction is a chronic, often relapsing brain disease that causes obsessive thinking and compulsive drug seeking and use; and while the substance changes the brains normal functioning, the personality, judgment and values of the individual become compromised as well. Despite harmful consequences to the drug addict and those around them they will continue to use, unable after a point to exercise control or restraint. They will often live with a significant degree of denial about their situation, preferring instead to lay blame, generate excuses or simply lie to themselves and others that they have their addiction under control. The articles on addiction we offer explore exactly why an addict, despite the best of intentions and their best effort, are unable to control their problems and addiction. Like many other chronic diseases, such as diabetes, asthma, or heart disease, drug addiction can be managed and treated effectively. The difference is that recovery for addiction will combine medical help, behavior changes and social support to help the individual generate a self-sustaining sobriety.
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