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Is Addiction a Disease?

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For the past 20 years, mainstream medical science has defined addiction as a disease. However, new research questions the disease concept of addiction suggesting a shift in substance abuse treatment policy. Will the debate over the disease model of disease change the way addiction science treats substance abuse? Addiction is a “Disease” Like No Other The American Association of Addiction Medicine (ASAM), defines addiction as “a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory and related circuitry.” Dr. Nora Volkow, of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), the leading proponent of the disease model of addiction, states that addiction is “a brain disease because drugs change the brain…These brain changes can be long lasting and can lead to many harmful, often self-destructive, behaviors.” And yet addiction is unique among diseases because it is a group of behaviors with no infectious agent, no pathological process, and no biologically degenerative condition (The Heart …

My Name Is…And I am A Drug Addict

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The feeling of motivation and independence you’ll experience the moment you utter these words will give you a high unlike any drugs you’ve tried. Believe me!

Saying these words for the first time is a huge, and one of the most important milestone for drug addicts, hoping for a better, drug free life. It takes determination, motivation, and quite often the support and or intervention of family members and friends for any person to admit to drug addiction. For many, sobriety is humanly impossible to achieve and much like a dream. 

The truth is, with the help of a competent Hollywood rehab and medical center and a little motivation, you’ll find that sobriety is not only possible, but it can also last. Like more diseases, addiction can be managed, especially during the early stages. According to the National Institute On Drug Abuse, “most people who get into and remain in treatment stop using drugs, decrease their criminal activity, and improve their occupational, social, and psychologi…

Rehab…Or My Career?

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Among the many challenges addicts face, keeping their job before, after and during rehab is one of the biggest.

Despite common stereotypes, addicts aren’t just jobless or homeless criminals at the fringe of mainstream society. In many instances, it’s the well-respected CEO, the surgeon, the famous lawyer, or even the pastor who showers his community with charitable donations, who secretly struggles with drug addiction.

It’s more common than not for people who portray squeaky-clean images to lead sordid lives marred by drugs or alcohol away from the watchful eyes of people around them.  According to a survey done by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, more than 68.9% of the 22.4 million estimated drug users in the United States are employed, many of whom are in in high-power positions.  The sad news is that many refuse, or more accurately, are forced not to visit drug and alcohol detox centers because of the demanding nature of their career or financial obl…

The Real Impact of Rehab Centers in Los Angeles

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Some of the rehab centers in Los Angeles have been around for quite some time, with new ones opening because of a significant need for rehab services. Due to the high rate of drug addiction throughout Los Angeles and all of California, which echoes what is happening throughout the country, it is important to have programs in place that address the drug epidemic in the most effective ways possible. Fortunately, these programs exist, and people are turning to them for help.
Addiction Can Be Managed
By approaching addiction as a disease, it is possible to manage it successfully. There are different rehab centers in Los Angeles that use multiple strategies based on a person’s specific addiction and other personal factors. However, addiction has disruptive effects on behavior and the brain. In order for people to regain control of their lives, they have to alter their behavior in order to have a positive impact on their brains. Many times, a person who has turned to drugs suffers from a me…

The 3 Main Factors That Eventually Lead People to Detox Centers in Los Angeles

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It can be difficult for people to decide that it is time to go to a detox center and change their lives. This means that they are admitting that they have a problem and that they are willing to fix it so they can move forward. Unfortunately, many things can happen in a person’s life that leads to seeking out detox centers in Los Angeles. Maybe he or she is looking for a coping mechanism or suffers from mental illness.

Detoxing at Home versus Detox Centers in Los Angeles

Some people try to detox at home, and this can be dangerous. In fact, it can be deadly. It is very important to seek treatment at a professional facility so that detox can be carefully monitored. The process is very involved. It’s not about stopping alcohol or drugs and waiting it out. The withdrawal symptoms are very difficult to get through, so having a trained staff oversee the detox is extremely important.
Professional monitoring is especially important for alcohol withdrawal because alcohol detox is the most dange…