Addiction-Embodied-Brain-Mind-Disease is Treatable.
Addiction-Embodied-Brain-Mind-Disease comes in like a lamb. And goes out like a LION. Lets understand Why.
Addiction-Embodied-Brain-Mind-Disease deserves a full measure of response.
Addiction-Embodied-Brain-Mind-Disease is treatable with a holistic plan including medication, Behavior Therapy, social services, rehabilitation and an Employment/support component.
Lets try to understand how it comes about.
The embodied brain-mind disease evolves over time from our initial voluntary acts of personal behavior.
The addiction-embodied-brain-mind-disease list of addictive substances and behaviors looms large. The list includes alcohol, other drugs, other common substances, for example, such as caffeine and sugar.
Behavior covers the spectrum. Eating, sex, loving, cutting, self mutilation, religious activities, work, and as far afield as video-games.
The numbers are immense, with one of every four Americans having someone in their family who is fighting with the problem of addiction.
In 2005, over 23 million of us needed treatment for alcohol or drugs. No wonder Addiction treatment, Alcohol Rehab, Drug Rehab, and Addiction Recovery centers are so needed. Yet, only 10% of us got treatment.
How does this addiction-embodied-brain-mind-disease evolve?
Our brain/mind neurons adapt so whole new connections in our cerebral domain occur. Our mind-scape changes. We are not who we were.
There is massive refocusing on the addictive substance/behavior of choice. Of course, this addictive focus arouses our unquenched cravings, urges, and impulses.
There is wholesale reinforcement of the new focus. Cravings grow. Our “normal” pre-addiction cognitive and emotional functioning undergoes considerable distortion.
We are no longer the brightest crayon in the pack.
Addictions simply hijack your embodied brain/mind. Your brain/mind’s usual or “normal” motivational circuits for everyday regular life’s satisfying activities are hijacked. Addictive substances/activities displace them.
Now here's the ringer: The younger you start, the higher the chances you’ll become addicted.
Substance abuse is rampant among adolescents: One in three High School students binge on alcohol regularly.
Do they realize that by their binges, which begin voluntarily they become compulsive drug users, addicts. Tough course of action.
New words, alcoholism, drug addiction, booze problem, substance abuse, detox, addiction treatment, and possibly corrections now join the geography lesson.
2. Answer Few want to completely absolve the addict of her/his total responsibility. Lets take a deeper look at what is involved.
Speaking of addiction-embodied-brain/mind-disease, current brain/mind science tells us that our consciousness gets informed about half-of-a-second after the physical, un-non-conscious, brain/mind components have completed processing the result or decision to act.
We, our consciousness, has a “brief moment” to agree with or to possibly cancel the decision/action, it appears. So it seems we have some override capacity or ability on/over our non-conscious decision processing results.
Of course, many of us are aware we have operated under our User’s Illusion with its “free will” concept for all our human history.
So we probably need to devise a new definition of responsibility.
However, if the addict is responsible for actions, what are her or his options?
Well, the professional medical folks define addiction as: uncontrolled, compulsive substance (alcohol/drugs) cravings, with seeking and use behavior, even when the consequences is severe for the addicts health, social, or economic life?
The compulsion aspect is of most concern. This makes addiction-embodied-brain-mind-disease itself compulsive behavior. Once the addicted threshold is crossed, you move to a new and different state of being.
Your brain/mind is not the same.
Substance dependence can almost be substituted for addiction. Few can ever return to occasional use of the addictive substance. The addiction-embodied-brain/mind-disease is chronic.
Chronic seems to infer that spontaneous recovery is not to be expected.
There is a very clear and unique factor involved. Choose to take the first drink, you may not be able to choose not to take the second.
However, not all who use drugs become addicted, while others seem to have a propensity for addiction.
The initial voluntary aspect, probably makes many of us feel that the addict has some responsibility at the get-go.
So what is the responsibility of the addicted person?
Those with the addiction-embodied-brain-mind-disease must comply with her or his professionally determined treatment plan.
Not always easy. In most, chronic disease compliance is a major concern. Addiction-embodied-brain-mind-disease is no exception. Abstinence and sobriety require consistent attention and effort.
Obviously, the addicts motivation and compliance behavior is part and parcel of the addiction treatment and recovery process. And thus, they should be able to expect their individual “needs” will get addressed.
Treatment modalities need to focus on the entire individual. That includes medication, behavior, social services, and rehabilitation, including an employment component.
This might be called the medical-behavioral-economic, psycho-social needs.
Years ago with the VA in Oregon our program found that half of our few rehabilitated actually did it by meeting and connecting with a female partner in the local community.
The psycho-social is often paramount for normal living satisfactions.
Of course not everyone needs everything. Individual needs in all of us have to be continually reassessed and refitted.
A holistic approach with adequate attention to emotional and spiritual needs should be part of the array of treatment services.
In any case, to determine if addiction has hijacked your brain/mind consult with your personal professional health provider.
Addiction-embodied-brain-mind-disease emergencies require 911 or the emergency room. Don’t hesitate. Your or someone else’s life may depend on it.