Mental Illness and Substance Use Disorders
The American Medical Association and the American Association of Addiction Medicine officially categorize addiction as a chronic disease characterized by compulsive use of one or more substances that disrupt biological, social, emotional, and spiritual health. Addiction affects regions of the brain that impact reward, motivation, learning, judgment, and memory.
Addiction is not a matter of better willpower or imposed discipline. It is a complicated, complex chronic disease that can be treated and managed like other chronic diseases such as diabetes, asthma, or hypertension. Some people are genetically pre-disposed to addiction while others become addicted through chronic, long-term substance use.
Treatment and recovery are possible. The more you know about the disease of addiction, the better you can tackle it and manage it. If you or someone you love is suffering with addiction, reach out for more information.
Knowledge is power!