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Understanding Addiction

Many people do not understand why or how other people become addicted to drugs. It is often mistakenly assumed that drug abusers lack moral principles or willpower and that they could stop using drugs simply by choosing to change their behavior. In reality, drug addiction is a complex disease, and quitting takes more than good intentions or a strong will. In fact, because drugs change the brain in ways that foster compulsive drug abuse, quitting is difficult, even for those who are ready to do so. Through scientific advances, we know more about how drugs work in the brain than ever, and we also know that drug addiction can be successfully treated to help people stop abusing drugs and lead productive lives.


Birth of addiction

  • Genetics
  • Emotional state: certain kind of stress, or emotional pain
  • Psychological factors: suffering from depression or low self esteem, or ADHD
  • Social and cultural factors: having friends, society who drinks for enjoyment, being cool or for glamour
  • Age : people who begin to drink at early age are at high risk of abuse
  • Gender : Males more than Females.
  • Family history of addicts


Brain damage

      Much of the brain damage occurs in pre frontal cortex, an area that plays an important part in
    • memory,
    • judgement,
    • impulse control,
    • problem solving and
    • other intellectual skills

Damage also occurs in limbic system, a structure deep inside the brain that controls

  • desires and
  • basic body drives


Will power alone does not work!

Talking therapies, combined with medication, and an encouraging atmosphere, helps the damage brain to repair and can push the success rate upto90%. This is our secret formula at The Hermitage. For talking therapies we have both a qualified and an experienced staff who have in-depth understanding of this disease. Latest and advanced medications are provided by our Medical staff. A very encouraging atmosphere is maintained by the team at Hermitage, where a student can learn and apply life skills management techniques. With the techniques learnt here, a student is able to live a sober and productive life in the real world

At least 6-10 months of sobriety are required before significant brain repair is achieved.


New hope!

The good news is that armed with understanding of addiction as a brain disease, new anti-addiction medicine has been developed, and designed to rebalance the brain bio-chemistry

But medication alone isn't enough!

New paradigm : Recovery science

Thanks to our understanding of addiction as a disease, we have been able to work with this disease, with the help of a recovery process.

Just like insulin isn’t the solution for a diabetic, who must also learn how to adhere to a good health program, eat a healthy diet, exercise regularly, stay slim and check for cuts on feet etc.

Similarly addicts must learn how to handle cravings, revamp their thinking, behavior and lifestyle.

So we work with this innovative Recovery program at the Hermitage