The Complex Disease of Addiction and Unconventional Treatment Methods

By on Feb 16, 2017 in Addiction | 0 comments

Addiction is often associated with weakness, reduced to a moral failure on the part of an individual to stop self-destructive behavior. However, such thinking implies that addiction is a choice, when it is rather a complex, genetically predisposed  and chronic disease that plagues its victims and eliminates their freedom and autonomy in their own lives. In addition, as noted by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, repeated drug abuse changes the function and chemical systems in the brain, which further reduces their ability to resist taking drugs. Traditional addiction treatment usually involves prescription medication to reduce drug dependence and withdrawals and to help detox the patient. Immediate abstention for certain drugs can be deadly because of withdrawal symptoms, so it is imperative for addicts to get help from a licensed psychiatrist, therapist, or other professional....