What is Drug / Alcohol Addiction?
If you NEED HELP WITH YOUR OR A LOVED ONE's ADDICTION, please CALL toll-free (844)-669-7673 - compassionate people are waiting for your call right now !
This website defines addiction as a chronic relapsing disorder characterized by compulsive drug seeking, a loss of control in limiting intake, and the emergence of a negative emotional state when access to the drug is prevented. The definition of addiction is derived from the evolution of the concept of dependence and the nosology of addiction diagnosis. A distinction is made between drug use and substance use disorders (formerly abuse and dependence). Addiction affects a large percentage of society and has enormous monetary costs. Addiction evolves over time, moving from impulsivity to compulsivity and ultimately being composed of three stages: preoccupation/anticipation, binge/intoxication, and withdrawal/negative affect. Motivational, psychodynamic, social psychological, and vulnerability factors all contribute to the etiology of addiction, but this site focuses on the neuroadaptational changes that occur during the addiction cycle. A theoretical framework is described that derives from early homeostatic theories and subsequent opponent process theories to provide a framework for understanding the neurobiology of addiction. This framework is followed in each section of the website for every major drug class.
If you NEED HELP WITH YOUR OR A LOVED ONE's ADDICTION
, please CALL toll-free (844)-669-7673
- compassionate and caring people
are waiting for your call right now!