Addiction is a chronic disease of the brain.
Addiction takes many forms. Alcohol, drugs, food, gambling, relationships, sex, shopping, and the list goes on.
In the past, people with addictions were labeled as “weak-willed”, “losers”, “hopeless”, “perverts”, and worse. Today we understand that addiction is a chronic disease of the brain. Like diabetes, heart disease, asthma, and other chronic illnesses, addiction has a basis in physiology.
Scientists have identified several factors that can predict the likelihood of addiction in individuals. These factors include genetic markers and brain structure. Like all chronic disease, addiction has no known cure.
However, with care and attention to certain lifestyle adjustments, people with addictive disorders have proven that it is possible to live healthy, happy, productive lives.