When a person gets lost in drug and alcohol abuse, their brain changes. Some of these changes are permanent and some are situational. These changes can affect the individual’s self-esteem, their concept of what is enjoyable, their desire to eat and enjoy the taste of food, whether they can trust others, and even their desire to set life goals.
ABT can’t even express the frustration we feel when we hear clients say, “after 5 years of abusing heroin I thought I was going to die from it, why would I have set goals. My goals were to get my next fix. That was good enough for me.”
It is our job, it is the quality of our treatment, that needs to pay attention to those details. Again, even though they have taken the steps of getting sober, it is really about the quality of their life and the ability to capitalize on the drug-free potential that keeps the client on the right path of recovery. It all begins with the brain and how it functions.
Proper brain function relies on the regulation of chemicals like serotonin and dopamine. Many drugs like ecstasy and heroin alter the natural expression of those chemicals. For examples, serotonin is responsible for the well-being and mood of a person, and dopamine controls what a person considers is pleasurable through-out their day. A disruption in those chemicals changes how a person thinks, what a person thinks is enjoyable, and how they feel in general. For more information about the addicted brain check out the video and know that treatment for drug and alcohol abuse doesn’t stop with getting sober.