There are many people and organizations in our culture who are trying very hard to make sure that addictions are NOT seen as a disease or as the result of genetic or biological predisposition. These people have a strong personal and social interest in an entirely non-physiological model of addictive human behavior. Their perspective of social problems is based primarily on a philosophical orientation with a social perspective, heralding socio-political correctness as its goal.
Throughout history, a great many people and institutions have tried to help alcoholics and addicts. Currently, there are thousands of different programs in the United States trying to help those people who have a social or personal problem with drugs or alcohol. Yet, the success rate for these programs is extraordinarily low considering the effort and investment made.
Today, drug treatment and rehabilitation centers are typically operating on the belief that social or philosophical factors are causing the addictive behavior, and that if we could change an addict’s belief system, or his social support structure we could end his addictive behavior. And yet, the success an individual attains, typically doesn’t last as long as the treatment. This superficial view comes from our social orientation which maintains that addiction is the result of bad personal choices, weak character, and anti-social or irreligious behaviors.
Yet, successful recovery programs prove that addiction is a neurologically based disease. Accepting this should be one of the first steps in any recovery program. If the problems you suffer stem from severe alcoholism or addiction, you must accept that these problems are not primarily mental or free will issues. Addictions are not about will power. The problems facing addicts, alcoholics, and their families are miserable, disgusting, and infuriating. They are often hopelessly discouraging. But to imagine that an addict “could change if he wanted to” is a serious misunderstanding of the long term dynamic of addictive disorder.
The reason addicts have lost control is because they have suffered permanent physical neurological changes based in their brains and nervous systems. The disorder manifests in long term obsessive-compulsive behaviors outside the realm of the addicts own control. It is true enough that the use of chemicals begins with chosen behavior. But if alcoholism or addiction develops, the problem has moved outside the realm of free choice. It has developed into a long term mental and physical neurological disorder. Addiction is based in physical dependency created by altered neurotransmitter balances, and driven by millions upon millions of new living, functioning active neurological pathways which have been established to sustain the condition in the addicts brain. The new neurological pathways are permanently established, and they will not just disappear.
We, at Biotherapy Alternative Medicine Clinic, believe in a comprehensive approach. Our recovery programs are designed to address mental and physical aspects of addictions, helping our clients to overcome their harmful addictions and finally gain control of their lives.
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