What is Addiction? Do I Need Drug Intervention?
chemical dependency, alcoholism and drug addiction are all common
clinical vernacular for dependence upon those substances and other
harmful behaviors. The word “drug” is defined as “a
chemical substance that effects the central nervous system, causing
changes in behavior and often addiction. It is essential to understand
that when dealing with drug intervention, we are dealing with individuals
whose brains have been altered by use, regardless of the substance
or behavior involved.
Addiction is defined as the compulsive need for
and use of something that is psychologically or physically habit-forming,
characterized by tolerance and by well-defined physiological symptoms
upon withdrawal; being abnormally tolerant to and dependent upon
a habit-forming substance.
What matters most in interventions is whether or not the substance
or behavior causes what we know to be the essence of addiction:
uncontrollable, compulsive drug craving, seeking, and use, evening
the face of negative health and social consequences. This is the
crux of how the institute of medicine, the American Psychiatric
Association, and the American Medical Association define addiction
and how we all should use the term.
What About Teen Addiction?
are trapped in their behaviors and cannot simply quit on their own.
They have an illness that requires biomedical treatment. People
often assume that because teen addiction begins with voluntary behavior
and is expressed in the form of excess behavior, an addict should
be able to quit by force of will alone. However, it is essential
to understand when dealing with addicts that we are dealing with
individuals whose brains have been altered by alcohol or drugs.
They need addiction treatment.
Although a small percentage of people are able
to recover from addiction without help, the majority of individuals
need assistance. With treatment and support, many people are able
to rebuild their lives.
Many people have approached their loved one regarding
their addiction, with no success. It may be helpful when talking
with your loved one, to have a professionally trained interventionist
whom knows about addiction to facilitate the process.