EFFECTS OF ADDICTION
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Addiction, from the Latin root addictus: to surrender, to enslave, to devote, to sentence, to condemn, bound
As defined by the NIH, “addiction is a chronic, relapsing disease that is characterized by compulsive drug seeking and use, despite harmful consequences. It is considered a disease because drugs change the brain—they change its structure and how it works. These brain changes can be long lasting, and can lead to the harmful behaviors seen in people who abuse drugs.”
These changes to the brain affect one’s ability to function on various levels, and impact our Executive Functioning Skills, which manage self-control and self-regulation.
Executive functions are essential self-management skills necessary to accomplish actions related to daily living. These mental skills help us plan, organize, make decisions, shift between situations or thoughts, temper impulsivity, and learn from past mistakes. People rely on their executive functions for everything from small daily tasks, to planning their week and prioritizing.
Addicts and alcoholics early to recovery, who have poor executive functioning skills, including many with ADHD, may be more disorganized than others. They might take a long time to get dressed, forget to eat or become overwhelmed with doing simple chores or assignments throughout the day.
School and work become extremely difficult because they have not developed or redeveloped these core skills after emerging from periods of alcohol and drug abuse, which consequently, can keep them in a vicious cycle of relapse.
Sober Solutions Recovery is dedicated to providing clients with the tools, resources and foundation needed to end this cycle, so their new self-supporting lives can begin and long-term sobriety be achieved.