Alcohol and Drug Addiction
Alcohol and Drug Addiction Affects Us All
Addiction is a biopsychosocial disease. That means the disease is biological, psychological and social. Alcohol and drug addiction are often described as a family illness. This is due to the fact that they impact the addict’s family, friends, and anyone that comes into contact with the active addict.
Addiction is characterised by an overwhelming need to consume drugs or alcohol in order to “feel of normal” or “function” despite often very erratic behaviour and negative consequences. It is the toxins created by certain substances, which produce feelings of well being or feeling “high” which lead to physical and psychological dependence.
The addict becomes convinced that he or she needs the drugs or alcohol to function. Neuroscience tells us that this is not far from the truth. When someone has become dependent on a mood-altering substance the chemistry of the brain does actually change, and the brain does in fact need that substance to function in a way that feels normal.