Why Do I Have a Disease that Tells Me I Don’t Have a Disease?

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Alcohol and drugs when exposed to the brain can alter the functionality plus make the assertion that there is nothing wrong with the abuse that is taking place. There is conflict on whether addiction is actually a disease, but according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse “addiction is a chronic disease characterized by drug seeking and use that is compulsive, or difficult to control, despite harmful consequences”.

Those who do not suffer from substance abuse cannot fully understand why an addiction is considered a disease when the person consuming the drugs and alcohol has a choice to do so. The most common question people who do not have an addiction ask is “Why don’t you just stop drinking and using to make all the negativity to go away?” What they do not comprehend is that someone with the disease of addiction is unable to stop on their own – or they probably would.

What happens with most people who are addicted to drugs and alcohol is that their brain tells them that they are not that bad or that they are not as high or drunk as others perceive them to be. As the brain changes with their substance abuse, tolerance to drugs and alcohol builds up and their ability to muster self-control interferes with their inability to refuse the intense urges that occur in their mind. To just say no to drugs and alcohol can be impossible for someone who has an addicted brain.

The obsession

Once the brain’s reward system is used to the effects produced by alcohol or drugs among someone who has an addiction, the brain just will not turn off telling the person they need more. All a person can think about is when and where their next fix will be and will do anything to achieve intoxication.

The allergy

After the body consumes drugs or alcohol, the craving for more begins with a person who is addicted. Withdrawals also become apparent which can cause sickness, nausea, and fatigue making someone want to drink and use again to stop the physical uncomfortableness they feel.

The spiritual malady

People who have an addiction often feel like they have a void to fill that often disappears from drinking and using drugs. Instead of finding a Higher Power to help them control the obsession and the allergy much better, they would rather take the easier softer way by remaining under the influence.

Addiction is known as cunning, baffling, and powerful to anyone who has this disease. Seeking treatment for the allergy, the obsession, and the spiritual malady may be the only way that someone would be able to get sober and combat the strength of their addiction more efficiently.

If you or someone you know has a problem with drugs and alcohol, The Kimberly Center has a treatment plan that will work just for you. Our evidence-based therapies are designed to last a lifetime and can help you to build a foundation in recovery.

Call us today to begin: 855-4-KCENTER (855-452-3683)  

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