Category Archives: Addiction Research

The Relationship Between Bi-Polar Disorder and Addiction

August 31, 2015

Dual diagnosis treatment is conducted as a meaningful collaboration among members of the treatment teams for each illness, and Destination Hope’s Dual Diagnosis program draws on the most up-to-date research and proven best practices in treating patients with bi-polar and other mood disorders who also have a drug or alcohol addiction. Continue reading

Which Costs More: Treatment or Addiction?

August 27, 2015

Helping your loved one get the help he needs to beat a drug or alcohol addiction can transform his life and restore a promising future. While drug or alcohol treatment can be expensive, most insurance policies cover at least part of the cost of rehab, Continue reading

Why Treatment (Not Jail) is the Solution to Addiction

August 24, 2015

What most Americans are now coming to understand is that punishing an addict for the disease of addiction does not cure the illness; only treatment can help people end their cycle of substance abuse. Continue reading

Am I Addicted, and Do I Really Need Treatment?

August 17, 2015

Seeking professional help for a substance addiction is the first step to recovery, and it’s often the hardest. You may fear that life will be cumbersome and dull without drugs or alcohol, or you may have doubts about whether treatment can really work for you. Continue reading

Compulsive vs. Impulsive Behaviors

August 7, 2015

Generally, a loved one shows compulsive drug-seeking behavior when he develops an addiction; however, initial substance abuse might stem from impulsive behaviors rather than a compulsion. Recognizing the differences between these behaviors help determine the best solution to help a loved one with their substance abuse. – See more at: Continue reading

What Causes Addictive Behavior?

August 5, 2015

The root of the word “addiction” comes from the Latin word for “enslaved by” which is exactly what addiction represents in many cases. Addicts become so dependent on the addictive substance that they are enslaved by it.
Addiction influences the brain to such an extent that it causes cravings for the substance of addiction, continuing use of the substance even with negative outcomes and loss of control over its use. Continue reading

What Is the Disease Theory of Alcoholism?

August 3, 2015

Following the end of World War II, health professionals and scientists postulated the mechanisms behind alcoholism. Today, their findings and models have been refined and adapted into the Disease Theory of Alcoholism and is widely used to educate people on how addiction affects the brain. – See more at: Continue reading

How the Complex Nature of the Brain Affects Addiction

July 31, 2015

The brain is unique in the human body for many reasons. It controls all of the important functions of our body and mind including the function of many organs, physical movement of our arms and legs, how we think and speech and memory. Its complexity continues to mystify and confound scientists and physicians. However, what is known is that the health of the brain affects the proper functioning of the human body and damage to the brain can be quite devastating. – See more at: Continue reading

How Addiction Develops

July 27, 2015

Abusing drugs or alcohol does not always result in an addiction. In some cases, individuals experiment with a substance and then walk away from the drug. Other individuals show signs of chemical dependency and addiction quickly after using a drug once or twice. In some cases, a loved one even develops an addiction to prescription medications after using the substance for legitimate medical reasons. Continue reading

Is Addiction a Disease?

July 20, 2015

Addiction is a complex disease that can alter a brain’s normal function. While the term ‘disease’ is often debated, countless factors affect a person’s likelihood and severity of addiction. The good news is that with preventative measures and structured treatment, people can avoid drug abuse and get the help they need to take back control of their lives. Continue reading