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Addiction : A Disease
Addiction is a chronic, often relapsing brain disease that causes compulsive drug seeking and use, despite harmful consequences to the addicted individual and to those around him or her. Although the initial decision to take drugs is voluntary for most people, the brain changes that occur over time challenge an addicted person’s self-control and hamper his or her ability to resist intense impulses to take drugs.
It is important to know that addiction is a BIO PSYCHO SOCIAL disease. It changes the way a person thinks, feels, acts and remembers making recreational use impossible.
Fortunately, treatments are available to help people counter addiction’s powerful disruptive effects. Similar to other chronic, relapsing diseases, such as fdiabetes, asthma, or heart disease, drug addiction can be managed successfully. And as with other chronic diseases, it is not uncommon for a person to relapse and begin abusing drugs again. Relapse, however, does not signal treatment failure—rather, it indicates that treatment should be reinstated or adjusted or that an alternative treatment is needed to help the individual regain control and recover.