ADDICTION IN LOS ANGELES – Addiction Treatment Los Angeles
When it comes to a habit, you are in control of the decisions you make. With an addiction that is not the case since you aren’t in control of your choices.
Whether a person ingests a substance (alcohol, cocaine, nicotine) or partakes in an activity (sex, gambling, shopping) that can feel good and be pleasant and enjoyable, it’s the continuous engagement in the act of which becomes compulsive and interferes with our daily life responsibilities.
Medical News Today describes Addiction as – there is a psychological/physical component; the person is unable to control the aspects of the addiction without help because of the mental or physical conditions involved.
Habit – it is rather done by choice. The person with the habit can choose to stop, and will subsequently stop successfully if they want to. The psychological/physical component is not an issue as it is with an addiction.
Addiction dependency typically takes place and the addict’s desires grow larger and more continual, as does its cravings of what they are addicted to, so they can feel the same effect. Over time, the initial pleasure wears off as tolerance build-ups and the once-pleasant experience is no longer felt as strong as it once did, and the addiction continues because withdrawal is/feels unpleasant.
Although the topic of addiction has varied extensively over the last decades and not often fully understood, the one component that most agree on, is, addiction is commonly caused by a mixture of physical, mental, circumstantial and emotional factors. These factors, in turn, can affect and cause serious problems with our home life, work, school, relationships—how we interact with others, and how we cope in our day to day. While some may be aware that their behavior is erratic and “off,” others either do not yet know, or fully grasp, that they may have a problem.
Dr. Jon Knight, the founder and director of the Center for Adolescent Substance Abuse Research at Boston Children’s Hospital, believes one way to curb addiction is to communicate to our children.
“Addiction is a pediatric disease,” says Knight. “When adults enter addiction treatment they are asked when they first began drinking or using drugs. And, the answer is almost always the same: They started when they were young—teenagers.”
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), research-based prevention programs can significantly reduce early use of tobacco, alcohol and illicit drugs. “Of all the money that is spent by the federal government on the so-called war on drugs, only 5 percent goes to prevention. That’s a short-sighted approach,” said Knight. “The evidence is compelling that addiction is a pediatric disease, and if we don’t prevent it during the teen years, we’re really missing the boat.”
If you live in Los Angeles and discover that you, or someone you love, has a problem with addiction, contact Connections in Recovery to help you get on the road to recovery.
*Check out an earlier post we did on Addiction Facts & Myths HERE