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ADDICTION RECOVERY: Reality or Myth? Part 1

Updated: Oct 22, 2022

What are the most effective new and traditional Addiction Recovery Therapies available for the treatment of a substance use disorder, or SUD? Of special concern is opioid addiction, one of many types of SUDs a whooping 19.3 million Americans battled in 2019. By 2022, it's not getting any better despite a $35 billion budget injection from the American people's congress to end the opioid epidemic.

50.0% Half of people 12 and older have used illicit drugs at least once.
700K - Drug overdose deaths in the US since 2000 are nearing one (1) million.
$35B - The federal budget for drug control in 2020 was $35 billion.
Knowing the facts and myths about addiction recovery will help to destigmatize and decriminalize SUDs, or addiction—which is a brain disorder caused by brain-altering substances.

This way to Recovery!
Addiction Recovery is Real

A Substance Abuse Disorder, or SUD, most commonly known as addiction may seem like the 'gran mal' of the times OR as a dysfunction people will always be affected by. The bottom line is, what can be done about it? The statistics are staggering, death by overdose has more than tripled since 1999.

40%–60% of an individual’s risk for addiction comes from genetics, according to addiction statistics.
In 2019, 46.3% of those sentenced had drug offenses as the most serious charge.

The repeated use of a brain-altering substancs causes changes in the reward circuit of the brain and makes the prefrontal cortex of the brain that helps you think and make decisions compulsively use the drug.

This Drugs & Brain presentation helped me see along with this image, how we get hooked.

Psychoactive drugs alter the mind slowing down or speeding up the autonomic nervous systems functions, i.e. blood pressure, respiration, heart rate, and body temperature. Levels of some of the brain’s chemical messengers, or neurotransmitters, are also impacted by drug abuse, including:

  • Dopamine: A neurotransmitter that regulates mood, pleasure, and is involved in movement, the reward system of reinforcing behaviors, motivation, and attention.

  • Drugs that can impact dopamine levels: Marijuana, heroin & other opioids, stimulants, ecstasy, PCP