Addiction, regardless of what the addiction is to, is a deeply psychologically based condition. The roots of addiction’s causes, beginnings, and overall control over a person often are based within the person’s mind.
Even if the addiction requires a physical act and has a physical response, it is largely mental. Having an understanding of addiction’s psychological aspects can greatly help with understanding addiction and treating it.
Due to the large psychological aspects of addiction, it can be an incredibly complex condition. Often, those with an addiction may not even be aware of their behavior as being out of control and damaging to their person and others.
The reasons a person engages in their addiction behaviors in the first place may even have been a result of something in their subconscious. Often, addiction may have arisen as a means of dealing with emotional stress. There might have been existing mental illness that predisposes the person to addiction, or make them see addictive behaviors as “normal”.
Mental State and Perception
Many addicts don’t perceive their substance use or behavior as a problem.
The psychological causes of addiction are often heavily debated by those in the medical field. However, having an understanding of how addiction affects the person’s mental state can have a huge impact on their treatment and recovery.
The way a person’s mind is before the addiction sets in can show how they will respond to it and to treatment. Sometimes, a person’s mental state can affect how they see their addiction. In some cases, it may be like the person is almost blind to the severity of their addiction, simply because their mental state prevents them from registering it as a concern.
Addiction and Chemistry
According to the DEA, each person is affected differently by addictive substances. This is often why some people, when exposed to drugs, do not become addicted while others do. Due to the chemistry of people’s brains and bodies, it cannot be easily determined how someone will respond.
Addiction can actually change a person’s psychology, which is often why loved ones will remark that they don’t recognize the person when they are using or don’t understand why they simply can’t stop. The NIDA further elaborates on the topic, stating that some addictive substances can mimic the natural chemical structures of the brain, overwriting normal functions.
Some can also cause what may be like a system overload in the mind as well.
As a result of the variations in the psychology of addiction, treatment often is required to be easily adjustable for a case by case basis. Usually, there is often multiple levels of evaluation done to determine what treatment options can be used.
Sometimes, what works with one person won’t work with the next, even if they were both addicted to the same thing. There also is the issue of any mental conditions that existed before the addiction took hold, which may require further psychoanalysis.
Due to the deep hold some addictions have on a person psyche, treatment can take considerable time and may require modification along the way. Addiction can have a high rate of relapse due to the extent of the psychology associated with it.
If you or a loved one is suffering from addiction, do not hesitate to contact us at 800-481-6320 in order to speak with a caring specialist and to find out more information about addiction and recovery.
Signs and symptoms of a drinking problem can often go unnoticed until the real dangers and consequences begin to set in. It’s not always easy to recognize when your drinking has passed the point of fun and social to dangerous and troublesome. For some, moderate social drinking quickly leads to dependence while others may be able….
Crystal meth causes a sudden rush of euphoric pleasure that can last for somewhere between six and twelve hours. Most people who become addicted to meth continue to use the drug because of the euphoria that it causes within the brain and partially because of a later desire to control the crash that results when….
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the treatment needs for women who abuse substances are different from those of men. Women are inherently different in the way that they react, recover, and bond. Women are more likely than men to seek treatment for substance abuse. They are also more likely to struggle with….
It can sometimes be difficult to keep cheerful and to be confident in one’s self while attending rehab. Being away from your family and friends can be very hard, and while you are learning quite a bit about how to create a better life for yourself, free of drug abuse, the weight of these changes….
The decision to seek treatment at a drug rehab center can be life saving, finding the right drug rehab center to provide that treatment is dire. Drug rehab centers provide a safe place for those suffering from addiction to recover and begin to learn new life skills to maintain long term sobriety. There is no….
Eating Disorders and the Brain Eating disorders are extremely problematic to an individual and their family, especially when treatment is not received in time. Eating disorders normally stem from a person’s poor and distorted body image of their self. For example, people with anorexia typically believe they are overweight and need to lose weight, even….
An estimated 66% of men and nearly 50% of women over the age of 21 drink alcohol in the United States. Many of those who drink socially will ultimately become physically dependent on alcohol and may need help to get sober. The American Academy of Family Physicians estimates that about 25% of all adults who….
Drug and alcohol rehab programs can differ in many ways and at the same time, your needs, goals, and circumstances will be different, too. No single program or approach has been proven better than the rest for everyone, but, by considering those things that are most important to you, you will be able to choose….
If ever there was a “silent” epidemic, suicide rates across the U. S. would most definitely qualify as no one wants to talk about this condition. According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, suicide ranked as the 10th leading cause of death in 2013, which totaled out at 41,149 cases. This number amounts….
The aftereffects of emotional trauma can take any number of forms, affecting different people in different ways. Anyone who’s gone through a traumatic event or period well knows how jarring it can be emotionally and even physically. While it may seem like a person has recovered, signs of emotional trauma may still be apparent in….