If you’re dealing with a loved one’s addiction, you know that it sometimes gets hard to empathize with their destructive behavior. Even for addicts, there come episodes of intense self doubt and bring with it possibilities for infliction of self-harm. In order to overcome and help overcome addiction, it is very important that we understand the mechanism and a little science behind it.

Shatter Proof (a company that dedicates itself to preventing rates of drug abuse from rising as well as providing a helping hand to those who suffer from addiction), shares what it means to be addicted and expounds the science that goes behind it.

 

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SCIENCE OF ADDICTION

What is addiction? Addiction is a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory and related circuitry. Dysfunction in these circuits leads to characteristic biological, psychological, social and spiritual manifestations. This is reflected in an individual pathologically pursuing reward and/or relief by substance use and other behaviors. Addiction is characterized by 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. See full post here

 

Suffering from addiction drains out a lot of effort and to overcome it entirely on your own is near impossible. To completely and properly recover from addiction, one of the most important things is to find a recovery coach that suits your personal requirements. At Recovery Coach Training, we train every coach to deal with all personalities and disorders related to addiction treatment.