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Ending an Addiction

Addiction don’t just hurt the addict, but his/her family. If you or a relative admitting that they are addicts, seek out medical help. Read the rest of this entry »

The Cycle of Addiction

Short-term gratification of the brain via chemicals do not take into account the long-term pain and hardship.

The brain chemicals effecting the addict’s judgment are commonlydopamine, serotonin and related endorphins.

As an example, let’s suppose an addict takes cocaine. The abuser will administer a small amount of cocaine, which as a result will dilate the related level of dopamine in the user’s brain thus creating extraordinary satisfaction. But what goes around comes around, so when, finally, the abused drug begins to lose effect, the drug user will become unhappy or miserable and will thus compel themselves to continue the pattern.

Even after this self-perpetuating cycle has inadvertently began it will require more of the chemical to cause the needed reaction as the brain becomes accustomed to the abused substance. The brain functions will become dulled and the drug user will not ever be able to get as self-content as he or she did during the first instances that they partook of the substance and they end up spending their remaining personal time pursuing that first high without success. With continuous substantial abuse the positive consequences of the substance will vanish and the undesirable side-effects will be all that the addict is left experiencing. It isn’t only mind-altering substances that some people are able to become physiologically committed to.

Practices along the lines of gambling, browsing the Internet, porn, careless sex, a person’s occupation and even beneficial practices likemoderate exercise can also cause the body to produce the endorphins in the brain that result in uncontrollable habits of behavior.

Physical vs Psychological addiction

Addiction is defined as an urge to do something, such as an activity or a drug, repeatedly, without taking care of the consequences. Read the rest of this entry »

12 Step Programs

Twelve step programs have proven to be effective in helping people recover from addictions and compulsions.
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Original 12 steps

The original twelve steps used by AA to recovering from alcoholism are listed below.
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Examples of 12 step programs

From AA to WA Anonymous help groups.
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