Addiction is a primary, chronic, progressive disease that has its roots in genetics, brain chemistry and attachment. An addiction involves the compulsive engagement in rewarding stimuli, despite the existence of negative consequences. People can develop an addiction to a wide variety of psychoactive substances and behaviors, with drug rehab centers often specializing in particular types of addiction and treatment methods. Understanding behavioral addictions includes both substance dependencies and other rituals which produce serotonin in the brain. Common behavioral addictions include sex addiction, gambling addiction, food addiction, internet addiction, exercise addiction and many others. Common substance addictions include alcohol addiction, marijuana addiction, cocaine addiction, heroin addiction, and addiction to prescription opiates and sedatives. While certain behaviors and psychoactive substances may seem to share nothing on the surface, all addictions involve intrinsically rewarding and positively reinforcing behavior patterns that become normalized over time. A range of treatment methods can be used to tackle addiction issues, including medication therapy, psychotherapy, counseling, and relapse prevention systems.
Drug and alcohol addiction share many comparable aspects to behavior disorders, in that they both involve a person looking to gain a reward or alleviation via use of a substance or by acting out a particular behavior. Behavioral disorders that are paired with a chemical dependency is disorder known as “dual diagnosis.” Oftentimes, when an individual has a behavioral disorder or an addiction, he or she may be anxious or on edge. In order to relieve these stressful feelings in exchange for a sense of pleasure, the individual will act out the specific behavior. As the person continues to engage in these patterns on recurrent behavior, he or she will become more fixated on the behavior and less interested in engaging in previously enjoy activities, personal relationships, and work.
The “SMART Toolbox” is a collection of various methods, called tools, which help people work through the 4-Points:
If someone you love is exhibiting drug addict behavior or behavior addiction traits, to not overlook these signs. Addiction treatment and behavioral addiction treatment is available for those who are in need, and can help make the lifelong positive change he or she needs. There are several different treatment options and therapies that exist and that can be tailored to meet the needs of every individual. Recovery is possible, and if you or someone you love needs help overcoming an addiction to drugs or alcohol and/or a behavioral addiction, pick up the phone and speak with an addiction specialist today.
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