“You can’t fight it until you understand it.”
At Buckeye Clinic we believe addiction is a disease and needs to be treated as such.
Opioid addiction has many faces. Opioid addiction affects many people, from all walks of life. When understanding addiction it is important to learn about how opioid addiction affects the brain and take in consideration how a person can be persuaded by their environment.
It’s all in your head.
Manmade opiates mimic naturally produced opiates in the body, that are meant to calm individuals during times of overwhelming stress and to overcome pain associated with injuries or illnesses. Manmade opiates bond to the brains opiate receptors, creating a sedated, relaxed feeling as well as alleviating physical pain.
When taken at higher doses than medically necessary manmade opiates produce a euphoric high, overcoming the brain with “happy” neurochemicals such as dopamine and serotonin, which activate the reward and pleasure pathways in the brain. By activating these pathways, the use of opiates becomes pleasurable while also reinforcing the behavior. This causes an addicted individual to associate the consumption of opiates with strong feelings of physical pleasure.
“There is no question that the objects that surround us impact our experience of the world.”
Family and friends can greatly influence an individual. If a person witnesses drug abuse as a child in their home, there is an increased chance of that child to develop drug problems of their own. Friends are very strong influences, especially during adolescence. Having friends that use drugs serves as a powerful influential force to use for a variety of reasons like acceptance or recognition from a particular group of people.
Take time to understand your addiction and finding the right treatment for you. Self- management and mutual support from counselors, friends, and family, is very important in the recovery process. Click here to learn about how to begin your recovery.
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Addiction is not just something that goes away. At Buckeye Clinic we believe addiction is a disease and needs to be treated as such.
According to the American Society of Addiction Medicine ”Addiction is characterized by the inability to consistently abstain, impairment in behavioral control, craving, diminished recognition of significant problems with one’s behaviors and interpersonal relationships, and a dysfunctional emotional response. Like other chronic diseases, addiction often involves cycles of relapse and remission. Without treatment or engagement in recovery activities, addiction is progressive and can result in disability or premature death.” (ASAM.ORG Public Policy Statement: Definition of Addiction)
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Addiction affects you BEHAVIORALLY, COGNITIVELY, and EMOTIONALLY
- You may have little to no control of your behavior, although you persistently desire to do so.
- You may have experienced an excessive amount of time lost either engaging in or recovering from using, affecting your interpersonal relationships.
- Do you continue to use, despite health concerns either caused by or exacerbated by your using?
- Are you preoccupied with your substance use?
- Do you have altered evaluations of the benefits and detriments of your use? Making it acceptable?
- Do you believe your problems are attributable to other causes, rather than being a predictable consequence of your use/ addiction?
- Have you experienced increased anxiety, dysphoria, or emotional pain?
- Do you seemed more stressed?
- You may have a difficult time identifying your feelings and describing them to other people.