While many Americans have fallen victims to opioid addictions, others struggle with addiction to alcohol and several other drugs. Addiction is currently one of the leading causes of death in the U.S.

Unfortunately, even after losing so many lives, we have failed to understand that addiction is a disease and not a moral weakness. This false belief prevents many young addicts from seeking help because they think that they will be judged for their ‘lack of self-control.’ I have decided to dedicate this blog post to explaining why it is important to recognize that addiction is a disease that must be cured.

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Science Claims That It Is A Disease

Thanks to a renowned surgeon’s report in 2016, many researchers are now accepting that addiction is a chronic illness that’s accompanied by physical changes in the brain. There’s no scientific evidence that classifies addiction as merely a moral weakness or lack of self-control. There is sufficient research to show how and why addiction affects the brain and why it is not easy for an addict to quit overnight.

Just like any other psychological disease, addiction tends to affect behavior, personality and requires medical care to overcome.

Effects on Behavior

Like most mental health illnesses and brain diseases, addiction affects an individual’s lifestyle, ability to think and function. Many addicts, despite their willingness to change their lives, are unable to quit drugs or alcohol. They are aware of the negative consequences, yet their brains and bodies don’t allow them to make the desired changes easily. Research has shown how the brain reacts when an addict tries to get rid of their addiction and how the body resists changes. Addiction to drugs gradually affects all the spheres of their lives and leads to many other serious health issues.

Effects on Personality

Drug addiction affects an individual’s mood, diet, and even cognition. An addict cannot function like a normal human being and requires professional help and family support. During my interaction with addicts, many people report that they fail to recognize themselves or the person they have become ever since their addiction began. These things are clear indications that there is something beyond their self-control that needs to be addressed. Merely blaming an addict for lack of self-control is not the solution or cure.

It Needs Treatment and Support

I believe it is important to recognize that addiction is a disease, because like all diseases, addiction also requires treatment and support. An addict cannot simply wake up sober one day. They need consistent family support and professional help to gradually heal.

A woman addict worried about something.

Seek Professional Help Today

If anyone among your loved ones is battling an addiction, they need your support. Help them seek professional help and support them in their fight against this deadly disease. I have been helping many individuals and families, and you can always reach out to me for professional advice and support.

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