ASAM Definition of 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.”
For Loved Ones
If you love someone who is struggling with an addiction issue, the best thing you can do is care for yourself and seek out support. Check your area for local Al-Anon support groups.
Watch: Johann Hari’s TED Talk https://youtu.be/PY9DcIMGxMs
Reaching out to ask for help shouldn’t be full of hoops that prevent you from obtaining the services you need. I am here to help you evaluate your situation and assess for what recovery tools will best suit you.
Treatment options vary and the level of care needed is unique to everyone. I work with those who have an established support network and could benefit from therapeutic techniques to further explore and enrich their lives. I work from a holistic body-mind-social-spiritual-cultural framework.