I’m currently at a conference about addiction – so I’m going to share some information I’m coming across that might be useful to my readers.
OVERVIEW OF ADDICTION
Definition from the National Institute of Drug Abuse:
Addiction is a chronic, relapsing brain disease that is characterized by compulsive drug seeking and use, despite harmful consequences.
Causes of Addiction:
40-60% is accounted for by genetic factors.
Involves multiple factors: biology/genes; environment; and brain mechanisms
Impact of addiction on the family
- Family structure
- Abandonment, fear, guilt & shame
- Depression and anxiety
- Domestic violence
- Intergenerational transmission
Addiction becomes the organizing principle.
Only 17% of adolescents who have a substance abuse problem are receiving treatment.
Obstacles to treatment:
- Families lack understanding of addiction
Systemic approach would include medication treatment, detox and/or residential programs, behavioral and cognitive therapy, and relational/family therapy.
Definition of Self-Deception:
Avoidance or outright denial of unpleasant aspects of reality, especially those which might otherwise warrant an unfavorable opinion about ourselves.