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Addiction Is A Disease

Don’t let anyone fool you — addiction is a disease. It isn’t something someone would choose to have. Most people wouldn’t wish their addiction on their worst enemy. There are changes in brain chemistry when a person has an addiction, which makes addiction a disease. 

Dopamine, a neurotransmitter, is a key factor in motivation and reward in the brain. Every time you use, dopamine is flooded into the brain which is habit-forming due to the feeling of pleasure. This reward system reinforces your unhealthy behavior. Your brain gets used to this added dopamine, causing you to want to use to get those feelings again. 

Besides the changes in the brain, there are biological, environmental, and developmental factors that contribute to addiction. Some people are born with a genetic disposition for forming addictions. Those who suffer from another mental illness often have a higher risk of developing an addiction. Environmental factors also play a role in forming addictions. Those around you, abuse, stress, and other exposure can increase the risk of developing an addiction. Lastly, developing an addiction can be increased if you started using at an early age because the brain is still maturing. These three factors, which contribute to diseases, contribute to an addiction. 

No one chooses to have an addiction

This stigma is not only untrue but also harmful to those dealing with addictions. There are ways we can work toward preventing addictions, however. Education is key. Teaching young people about the effects of drugs and alcohol is one way to help prevent addictions. Teaching them about healthy coping skills and asking for help is also extremely important. If teenagers and young adults feel like they can reach out to a trusted adult, or if they have the tools to deal with their feelings, they will be less likely to turn to drugs and alcohol as a result of stressful situations. Prevention should be the first step. 

Relapses cannot be prevented, but an addiction can be managed. Villa Tranquil Recovery wants to be here for you. We want to help get you back on your feet after a relapse and give you the tools to fight off future relapses. We want to help heal the mind, body, and spirit of every woman who walks through our doors. Our trained and experienced staff is here to help you do just that. Reach out to us today at 214-799-3080 for more information about the services Villa Tranquil Recovery has to offer.