Addiction is perceived to be an enemy by most and struggling against the same is nothing short of going all-out to a war. Addiction can occur to anyone and at any time without discrimination and can create a havoc in the life of the person suffering and those close to the individual. According to the American Psychiatric Association, addiction is a complex condition, a brain disease that is manifested by compulsive substance use despite harmful consequence(APA). People with addiction use certain substances like alcohol or drugs extensively to a point which could result in them losing their lives. Not only is addiction associated with substance abuse but also is seen when people cannot themselves from taking part in activities like gambling, eating or working. Such kind is known as behavioural addiction(Medical News Today). Addiction is a chronic disease and can also result from excessive consumption of medications such as painkillers, or sleeping pills. A person suffering from addiction generally becomes dependant on the substance/ activity to cope with their daily life.
Addiction doesn’t happen overnight. There are stages to it as mentioned:
According to Psychology Today, there are certain risk factors for the development of substance abuse disorder(Psychology Today):
Addiction is a treatable condition but the recovery often turns out to be long process. Treatment can involve many components:
Addiction treatment is very individual focused and doesn’t follow a one-size fits all and definitely requires family support. The treatment procedure can be very long and complicated so try and hold on an remember “ Recovery provides everything addiction promises”.
Top 5 stages of Addiction
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