In the past, it was assumed that people with addictions were morally inferior and lacked the ability to control their impulses. This perception caused society to treat addicts as criminals and not as decent people with a serious health problem. Law enforcement agencies were assigned the task of dealing with addicted individuals, doling out punishment rather than offering treatment.
Fortunately, much has changed. The medical community now acknowledges that addiction is a chronic disease, which is characterized by one’s inability to stop the behavior of using, even in the presence of negative consequences. The medical community has found that repeated drug use will overload the brain with dopamine. Dopamine is the chemical in the brain that causes the user to feel euphoric. This overload makes it difficult for users to refrain from abusing substances, even though they may desperately desire to do so. Over time, the large amounts of dopamine flooding the brain limits its natural ability to produce the chemical without the use of substances. This results in the addicted no longer being able to take pleasure in the activities that give pleasure in a natural and healthy way.
Anyone can be affected by an addiction. People of all genders, races, ages, religious dogmas, and socioeconomic statuses are equally susceptible. There are many factors that determine if a person will become an addict, including genetics, environment, and certain developmental factors. As addiction takes hold, it can be nearly impossible to curb the destructive behavior without help.
JourneyPure is here for anyone who struggles with addiction. We understand how difficult it can be to seek help due to feelings of isolation and helplessness. The compassionate staff at JourneyPure is professionally trained in empowering addicted individuals to reclaim their lives.