An addiction is a chronic disorder in which an individual is blinded by a substance, or
engages in an activity, that gives them an immense amount of pleasure but has become
detrimental to their everyday life. Compulsive behaviors and addictions can temporarily
provide confidence, control, validation or other emotions lacking in one’s life, but the
behavior may not stop until the root of the problem is addressed.
Addiction changes the brain through the limbic system, also known as the “brain reward
system.” This part of the brain is responsible for producing feelings of pleasure and will
manifest thoughts such as, “I deserve this,” or “Let’s do that again.” The abuse of addictive
substances and behaviors triggers this system which can prolong a continuous cycle of
Common addictions include but are not limited to:
- Alcohol or other drug abuse
Seek Professional Assistance
People who have developed an addiction may be unaware that it is out of control, which is
why counseling is an essential part of working through and managing this condition. An
addiction of any sort can be exhausting and one should never go through the recovery
Many treatment plans focus on talk therapy and behavior therapy and can be performed in
a group or through one-on-one sessions. During these sessions, patients analyze the
reasons behind their addiction(s), what triggers are and what helped them control
impulses in the past. Patients also learn coping skills so they can manage the compulsions
There are some medications used to help people resist the impulse to relapse.
There are also various self help programs to help persons who wist to recover from their
addiction. Also programs for friends and family menbers of persons with addictions. If you
or someone you know would benefit from addiction and recovery help, call me at 239-596-8081
for help finding programs near you.