Addiction: Understanding The Addict


Addiction:Understanding The Addict

by Jonathan Lederman- Media Director- The Addict’s Mom

 When you look at this photo ypu will see that the normal brain has all the synapses in place designed to function and deliver messages properly where ase the addict’s brain has several holes and thus the messages are skewed as the processing center has been damaged. The addict turned to drugs and alcohol for many reasons and to understand the addict you must understand how their primordial brain acts and how their ID and Ego interact.  An addict may feel that they are unloved or picked on and thus turned to drugs and alocohol as an escape or to find acceptance.

Wikipedia defines addiction as follows

Addiction is the continued use of a mood altering substance or behaviour despite adverse dependency consequences,[1] or a neurological impairment leading to such behaviors.[2]

Addictions can include, but are not limited to, alcohol abuse, drug abuse, exercise abuse, and gambling. Classic hallmarks of addiction include: impaired control over substances/behavior, preoccupation with substance/behavior, continued use despite consequences, and denial.[3] Habits and patterns associated with addiction are typically characterized by immediate gratification (short-term reward), coupled with delayed deleterious effects (long-term costs).[4] Physiological dependence occurs when the body has to adjust to the substance by incorporating the substance into its ‘normal’ functioning.[5] This state creates the conditions of tolerance and withdrawal. Tolerance is the process by which the body continually adapts to the substance and requires increasingly larger amounts to achieve the original effects. Withdrawal refers to physical and psychological symptoms people experience when reducing or discontinuing a substance the body had become dependent on. Symptoms of withdrawal generally include but are not limited to anxiety, irritability, intense cravings for the substance, nausea, hallucinations, headaches, cold sweats, and tremors.

The key is to understand the addict  and place yourself in their shoes so as to better understand where they are coming from.  Once you understand the addict you can then take the steps needed to help them break free from the addiction. You must remember though that addiction happens over a period of time and will not be solved with just one intervention as the addict must be willing to admit that they have a problem and are willing to take steps to be clean and productive.

Addiction: Resources To Help Understand The Addict


 This is Part One of John Daily presentation on dealing with your teen addict.

This is a tretment center that can help you to understand the addict and help the addict to get clean.


Addiction: Celebrating Recovery After Understanding The Addict

In the month of September we celebrate National Recovery Month and one way to do this is by celbrating those in recovery showing that when you begin to understand the addict you can help them get on the path to recovery.

 May this video be a source of comfort to all facing addiction and trying tomunderstand the addict.

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