WHY IS ALCOHOL AND DRUG ADDICTION CONSIDERED A BRAIN DISEASE?

WHY IS ALCOHOL AND DRUG ADDICTION CONSIDERED A BRAIN DISEASE?

But it all begins with getting your brain rebalanced and ready, not with making your willpower stronger.

Recent advancements in MRI’s, diagnostic tools and other mapping technologies have enabled Doctors to view, study and analyze addiction, the brain, and how the two are related.  Science has helped us become smarter about how the brain and hot it is affected by various substances and circumstances.

According to the American Medical Association, National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), The National Institutes of Health, The World Health Organization, The American Psychiatric Association and numerous other organizations in the scientific and medical fields, addiction is now known to be a chronic and progressive brain disease that attacks and damages key parts of the limbic system and cerebral cortex, which in turn results in compulsive cravings, obsessive seekings, and irrational over-use despite harmful and often devastating consequences.

Addiction is considered a brain disease because alcohol and drugs literally change the brain chemically, structurally and functionally.  While it’s true that for most people the initial decision to partake of alcohol or drugs is voluntary, over time these substances literally change numerous aspects of the brain to the point where the individual cannot stop using or drinking even if the desire to do so is high.

The Brain and Cravings

To understand how alcohol and drugs change the brain, one must first have a general understanding of the brain itself.  It is a somewhat daunting task since the brain is very complex. The brain has a series of inter-related systems that control how our bodies work, react, move, think and feel.

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