ADDICTION

Addiction can affect anyone and occurs once a physical and or psychological dependency on a given substance has been formed. Substances such as alcohol, prescription medication and illicit drugs can cause an addiction.

Defining an Addiction

When an addiction occurs, an individual may develop one or more “drug-seeking” behaviors regardless of any consequences that may be a direct result of their actions and addictions.

10 Common Addictions

Event though there are thousands of addictions the mass group of individuals tend to become addicted to the following things:

TOBACCO ( OVER 45 MILLION )
ALCOHOL ( 20 MILLION )
MARIJUANA ( 4.5 MILLION )
Pain Killers ( 1.8 MILLION )
Cocaine ( 800 Thousand )
HEROIN ( 425 THOUSAND )
BENZODIAZEPINES ( 400 THOUSAND )
STIMULANTS ( 330 THOUSAND )
INHALANTS ( 140 THOUSAND )
SEDATIVES ( 80 THOUSAND )
Addiction Affects the Body

Once an individual has developed an addiction their brain becomes “rewired” to use the substance despite any consequences that may arise from the usage. Even though Treatment Counseling can assist individuals with overcoming these addictions, physical symptoms may come and go, emotions associated with situations related to past experiences may trigger cravings years later.

While going through recovery an individual must understand that these urges and cravings to use a given substance will not make the road to sobriety impossible and that they will need to work on their addiction treatment every day for the rest of their life.

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What is Addiction

It all starts in the brain, addiction targets the limbic system, which is responsible for producing feelings of pleasure. When an individual consumes an addictive substance, chemicals are released from the brain, this feeling of a reward system is what begins an addiction.

Once the brain recognizes that the limbic system is releasing chemicals that are creating the great feeling that an individual is experiencing a habitual substance abuse usually follows shortly after.