Once the brain has been affected and changed by an addiction, our ability to make sound and healthy choices becomes impaired. This impairment is not often noticed by ourselves, but by people around us.
As addiction progresses, willpower is no longer enough, and the most defining symptom is the loss of control over their choice to use.
There are many types of addictions, many involve substances such as Alcohol, illegal drugs, prescription drugs, and Nicotine. However, other addictions, such as gambling, food, sex, shopping or stealing involve the same brain chemistry that we’ve already discussed, and will be just as, if not, more difficult to manage or solve due to the fact that the object of the addiction involves primal needs that we must have to survive.
These behavioral addictions or process addictions, involve common behaviors and risk factors and may respond to similar treatments, but will progress and become more severe if left untreated.
In most cases, addiction requires intensive treatments specifically designed to address the behavior, thinking patterns, psychological conditions, and medical risks involved in the physical withdrawal process.