The Truth About Addiction And Common Misconceptions Exposed
-By A. Scott Roberts
M.S. Rehabilitation Counseling, Addiction Specialist
There is a common misconception that addiction only affects moral wrongdoers or those that are weak-willed. Addicts just need to muster up enough willpower, strip themselves of pride or “wise up” so they can lead normal lives, so they say.
Addiction affects the brain in a peculiar way explaining why addicts act the way they do.
[content_box_blue width=”75%”]“The addicted brain is distinctly different from the non-addicted brain … Addiction is tied to changes in brain structure and function (Science Magazine, 1997).”[/content_box_blue]
You may also hear that addicts have an addictive personality or a pernicious character. It is understandable to draw these conclusions, but they are not quite true.
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[content_box_blue width=”75%”]”…The common view that drug addicts are resistant because of pernicious personality characteristics that are part of their condition. Denial is often regarded to be a trait of ‘chemical dependency.’ In fact, extensive research has revealed relatively few consistent personality characteristics among drug users, nor do studies of defense mechanisms suggest any unique pattern associated with addictive behavior” (Miller, William R. / Motivational Interviewing)[/content_box_blue]
Most treatment options are designed to “treat” these morally wrong issues and “defects in character” as AA calls it. Although well intentioned, the common and traditional methods of addiction treatment are only one-dimensional. There is much more to consider.
Although the 12 steps help some people and encourages a valuable social support system, it often does not address addiction’s underlying problem: the biochemical issue. Something that no amount of moral pounding can rectify.
What’s more is that repeated research shows that most addicts actually become sober on their own without large and expensive rehabs and luxurious treatment facilities.1 When an addict makes the decision on his own, it boosts long-term success.2
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Onlookers only see an addict’s behavior, while researchers examine what is actually going on inside the brain. Researchers determine that addicts have malfunctioning and depleted neurotransmitters. Neurotransmitters are the basis of how we think, act and behave. Once corrected, addicts think, act and behave appropriately.
Doctor Grant, serving as a hospital medical director, found that once he corrected the biochemical problems caused by addiction, it boosted success and lead to a decrease in addictive behaviors by 83 percent. He noted that treating the underlying biochemical problem should be the first step in recovery.3
[content_box_blue width=”75%”]“Treating alcohol and other drug dependence solely through repeated episodes of detoxification and brief stabilization is clinically ineffective and constitutes a poor stewardship of personal and community resources.”Addiction treatment requires “a shift that will deemphasize expensive, high intensity acute care and emphasize lower-intensity, lower cost and more enduring recovery support services.”[/content_box_blue]
Enoch Gordis, the director of NIAAA (National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism stated,
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According to researchers, Cutler & Fishbain, alcoholics that did NOT use conventional acute programs actually improved more than those who did.
[content_box_blue width=”75%”]“Alcoholics that were not treated in clinical trials show a greater improvement. Most of the improvement which is interpreted as treatment effect is not due to treatment.” (Cutler & Fishbain: Are alcoholism treatments effective? The Project MATCH data).[/content_box_blue]
The lesser-known recovery programs that include nutrition have been found to have HUGE success. In fact, documented recovery programs that integrate certain nutrients in an addicts diet show a 92% success rate.4 Compare that to to 5-15% success rates of common 12-Step programs. Many doctors and researchers have noted that an addict’s recovery is enhanced when using key nutrients.
Obviously, the goal of addiction treatment is to enable and sustain long-term sobriety. However, research shows that there are incredible high rates of relapse with traditional methods. The traditional methods that are largely in use originated from the Minnesota Model that was developed in 1949.
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- Report 1: Why Addiction is Misunderstood and Mistreated and What Neuroscience Has to Say About it.
- Report 2: It Doesn’t Really Matter What Your Addiction is. All Addictions Are Essentially the Same (Neuroscientists call addiction a “Common Neural Currency”) Because All Addictions Are More Similar Than They Are Different.
- Report 3: Having a Balanced Brain is the Secret to Success- You Don’t Want to Miss This!
- Report 4: Clearing up the Common Misconceptions… Understanding The Addict Experience Can Help You And Those You Love
- Report 5: The Incredible “Secret” to Restoring Depleted Neurotransmitters in the Brain. This Makes Addicts “Feel Better” Naturally and Sky Rockets Long-term Success Rates.
- Report 6: Why Most Rehabs are Proven NOT to Work. Research Reveals that Daily Management of Addictions is Much Easier, Much Cheaper and More Successful.
- Report 7: This Unusual Trick Has Been Proven Scientifically Proven to Improve Recovery, Manage Intrusive Thoughts, Increase Attention and Decrease Addiction Problems
-A. Scott Roberts
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1. Fillmore, K. M.(1987). Women’s drinking across the adult life course as compared to men’s.British Journal of Addiction 82: 801-811.
2. Miller, William R. Motivational Interviewing.
3. Gant, Charles, M.D., Ph.D. and Greg Lewis, Ph.D. End Your Addiction Now. (NY, NY: Warner Books, Inc.), 2002.
4. Finnegan, John. Addiction: A Nutritional Approach to Recovery. (Mill Valley, California: Elysian Arts), 1989.