Addiction involves craving for something intensely, loss of control over its use, and continuing involvement with it despite adverse consequences.
Addiction changes the brain, first by subverting the way it registers pleasure and then by corrupting other normal drives such as learning and motivation. Although breaking an addiction is tough, it can be done. Read more...
The Road To Recovery
Barriers to Recognition
It is no longer surprising when a movie star, a politician, or a sports hero reveals to the news media a personal struggle with the perils of addiction. The disease is common. We now know that it afflicts an estimated 10% of the population. In the U.S., this would equate to 30 million individuals who will develop addiction in their lifetime.
Coping and Adjusting to Change~Life Transitions
Adjusting to change can be difficult, as even positive life transitions tend to cause some stress. Over the course of a lifetime, a person can expect to experience a significant amount of change. Some of these changes, such as marriages, births, and new jobs, are generally positive, although they may be accompanied by their own unique stressors. Other major life transitions, such as moving, addiction recovery, or entering the “empty nest” phase of life may cause a significant amount of stress. Those who find themselves experiencing difficulty coping with life transitions may find it helpful a counsellor in order to become better able to adjust to changes they cannot control.
Why People Fail to Seek Addiction Treatment
Understand How Addiction Treatment Fails Thousands
There are many reasons why people fail to seek addiction treatment. They include denial, cost concerns, health, family and other responsibilities, lack of encouragement and the list goes on. Among those who do receive help, only a very small proportion are successful in becoming sober or clean, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
For many people, denial is a huge stumbling block and a major reason why so many fail to seek help to overcome a substance use problem. Not being able to accept that they have a problem with alcohol or drugs, convincing themselves that it isn't as bad as some people claim, or deciding to do something about it "later," are all common forms of denial. Read more...