Addiction is defined as a reliance or dependence on a substance or outside stimulus. Addiction may be classified as many things, but substance abuse and dependence are perhaps the most severe. Addiction to a controlled substance is very dangerous and may be life-threatening. Recognizing the warning signs and causes of addiction can assist individuals in finding treatment options.
Addiction is not a conscious choice that people make. Addiction does not affect a certain race, religion, or nationality. According to the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), addiction is a disease with a chemical cause.
Causes of Addiction
Addiction, according to the NIH, is caused by a chemical reaction in the brain. Many substances provide a feeling of euphoria, releasing dopamine in the brain. The brain seeks to reproduce this sensation by consuming more and more of the substance. Compulsive consumption of a controlled substance, especially one that is highly addictive, may lead to addiction.
Addiction and Personality
Addiction does not imply a judgment on a person’s personality or relationships. Addiction also does not favor any one race or gender. Anyone who has issues with impulse control or substance abuse may deal with addiction. Addiction may be hereditary; it may be passed down from parents to their children.
Warning Signs of Addiction
The beginning of addiction can be seen in warning signs. Warning signs are indicators that there may be a larger problem that needs to be dealt with or treated. The following, according to the Mayo Clinic, may be seen as early indicators of addiction:
- Feeling need
- Having failed attempts to stop using
- Maintaining a supply
- Doing things to obtain the substance that you normally wouldn’t do
- Feeling that you need the substance to deal with your problems
While these are not the only indicators of addiction, observation and open discussion is the first step toward determining treatment options. These warning signs may be the beginning of a larger problem and may lead to substance abuse or addiction.
Addiction is a problem that affects millions of people. If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, you are not alone. Please call our toll-free, 24 hour helpline today to speak with an admissions coordinator to determine the treatment options that are right for you. Help is here; please call today.