Society’s View of Addiction

Society has long held the notion that addiction is an excuse people make for lack of human will-power, and is a philosophical concept designed to relieve people of responsibility. In 2012, the UK Drug Policy Commission found that 58% of people questioned agreed that one of the main causes of drug dependence was a lack of self-discipline and will-power. These views have shaped society’s opinions about addiction, and have led to an emphasis on punishment rather than preventative and rehabilitative actions.

Addiction is defined as a chronic, relapsing brain disease characterized by compulsive substance seeking and use, despite harmful and sometimes fatal consequences. It is considered a brain disease because those substances change brain chemistry. Addiction is similar to diseases such as heart disease and diabetes because like heart disease and diabetes, it disrupts the normal, healthy function of the affected organ and has serious harmful consequences that are preventable and treatable.

While it is true that the first decision to use drugs or alcohol is mostly voluntary, when drug abuse takes over, the person’s ability to exercise self-control becomes seriously impaired. Changes in the areas of the brain that are critical to judgment, decision making, learning, memory, and behavior alter the way the brain works. When these changes aren’t understood, the depth of the problem can’t be understood. Facing shame, misconceptions, and stigma surrounding addiction is one of the most difficult hurdles addicts face when trying to heal from addictions.

By dispelling the myths about addiction, society is beginning to understand the need for treatment and rehabilitation. Treatment of addiction has undergone an evolution as the biological basis for addiction has become more accepted.

At Thistle Creek Ranch, we understand addiction and what can be done to Permanently and Completely Heal Your Addiction. We work with the addiction individual to help uncover the trauma that triggered the situation. Through a series of treatments, including Nutrition Recovery, Physical Recovery, Neural Recovery, and Emotional Recovery, we can help the addicted person become physically and mentally healthy as they regain confidence and become emotionally grounded.

If you or a loved one is suffering from the effects of addiction, understand that you are not alone. Our staff of trained, understanding individual is here to help you go from addiction to health. Contact us 24 hours a day, and we will be happy to answer your questions and concerns. – See more at: