The Truth About Addiction
Substance Use Disorders are viewed as primary, chronic diseases of the brain’s reward, motivation and memory circuits. Dysfunction in these essential neural pathways leads to characteristic biological symptoms such as an individual pathologically pursuing pleasure or relief through substance use and other behaviors. This is reflected by a person suffering from Substance Abuse when they pursue substances that provide them with instant gratification without regard for consequences like legal repercussions or social stigma.
Are There Underlying Issues?
Staying abstinent can be hard when people have underlying or co-occurring symptoms. For example, if someone has anxiety and depression they may use substances to help them feel better about themselves but this in turn makes matters worse because their mental health gets even worse from the substance abuse which then leads back into more drug usage that perpetuates a vicious cycle of bad feelings contributing to one another over time.
To stay sober it’s important for individuals with these issues not only seek treatment such as cognitive behavioral therapy, group support meetings like 12 step programs (like AA), counseling sessions with therapists who specialize in addiction disorders, medications too make withdrawal less difficult – all while trying to wean off drugs gradually rather than cold turkey so there are no painful side effects.
Can Neurofeedback Help?
Studies have shown that abstinence rates can be improved using Neurofeedback, making it a modality that both compliments and enhances the efficacy of recovery programs for substance abuse.