Addiction: A Brain Disease

addiction is a brain disease
Source: The National Institute on Drug Abuse, part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), which is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Drug addiction is a complex illness. It is characterized by intense and, at times, uncontrollable drug craving, along with compulsive drug seeking and use that persist even in the face of devastating consequences. At PACE Recovery Center's California drug rehab we have developed an integrated program designed to meet the specific needs of our clients. Each client is unique and we make it our goal to provide specialized care that utilizes evidence based practices which are empirically proven to be effective with treating those with substance use disorders. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) addiction affects multiple brain circuits, including those involved in reward and motivation, learning and memory, and inhibitory control over behavior. That is why addiction is a brain disease. Some individuals are more vulnerable than others to becoming addicted, depending on the interplay between genetic makeup, age of exposure to drugs, and other environmental influences. While a person initially chooses to take drugs, over time the effects of prolonged exposure on brain functioning compromise that ability to choose, and seeking and consuming the drug become compulsive, often eluding a person’s self-control or willpower. This is why PACE utilizes a wide array of treatment modalities designed to target the underlying behavioral health issues which will enable our clients to live a life of long term sobriety. It is our belief that addiction treatment must help the individual stop using drugs, maintain a drug-free lifestyle, and achieve productive functioning in the family, at work, and in society. Because addiction is a disease, most people cannot simply stop using drugs for a few days and be cured. Patients typically require long-term or repeated episodes of care to achieve the ultimate goal of sustained abstinence and recovery of their lives. If you or your loved one is suffering from the devastating impact of addiction, please contact PACE and we can help you to begin the process of recovery through our California drug rehab program.
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