How much do you know about addiction? Do you feel that you could explain it to someone who has it?
Addiction is a growing problem across the U.S., yet not many people know a lot about it. What’s worse, the misinformed tend to make up their own assumptions as to what addiction is.
We’re here to change that.
The disease model of addiction says that addiction is a much bigger deal than what you may think. Read on to find out more – and to learn what you can do to stop it.
What is Addiction?
First off, let’s set things straight: addition is so much more than just abusing a substance.
Many people are ill-informed about the roots of addition, and they try to make it seem like it’s just the victim’s fault and they could stop at any time.
This couldn’t be any more wrong.
Addiction is a major problem that can affect the victim in more ways than anyone may think possible – which is exactly why it has been categorized as a disease.
The Disease Model of Addiction: What it Means
Addiction has been recognized and categorized as a disease by most medical associations, and for good reason.
Merriam-Webster medical definition of disease is “a condition of the living animal or plant body or of one of its parts that impairs normal functioning and is typically manifested by distinguishing signs and symptoms.”
In other words, it’s when you acquire a condition that hinders or even damages your overall quality of life.
Like most other diseases, addiction is caused by a combination of environmental, biological, and behavioral factors. Even more worrisome is that genetics can drastically affect how likely you are to become addicted to a substance or activity.
In short, addiction can happen anytime, anywhere, to anyone, and no one is safe from it.
Furthermore, like many other diseases, addiction changes the functioning of the mind and body directly (like ruining the chemical reactions in your brain) and indirectly (such as making you starve yourself, or ruining your social life).
Each day that the disease is left unchecked puts the victim at risk of losing their livelihood, and even their lives.
What Can I Do About it?
While addition can be a serious problem, there are definitely ways that it can be dealt with. However, you should never try to go it alone.
Addiction is a disease that drains your willpower to fight back, and unlike most other diseases there is no medication you can take to work against its pull.
That doesn’t mean you should lose hope.
Counseling is a method that has proven to be effective for many people, and there’s a good chance it could work for you, too.
If you know someone who is suffering from addiction, please reach out to them and let them know about counseling. It’s not too late for them to get their lives back together.
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The disease model of addiction shows that addiction is a very real problem that needs to be addressed.
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If you want to know more about our services, please reach out to us and find out what we can do for you.
Please, let us help you get back to living the life you deserve.