ADDICTION & SUBSTANCE ABUSE IS ON THE RISE
What many people don’t realise is that addiction is often a response to underlying pain or trauma. A coping mechanism to seek a pleasant state in the brain to balance out a past pain or trauma, that a person often finds too overwhelming to deal with on their own. This addictive state temporarily eliminates feelings of stress like anxiety, anger and sadness. It’s important to realise people can recover from addiction and reclaim their lives, but without professional support, proactive intervention and rehab, addiction can cause long-lasting adaptive structural changes in the brain, leading to:
- Increased tolerance of the addiction
- Physical Dependence
- Lack of Self-Control
- Decreased ability to make rational decisions – leading to further use.
- Losing control and touch with reality.