What addiction really is?

Drug addiction can be understood as a strong physiological and psychological dependence on a drug or substance. Drug addiction is normally characterized by a state of reliance on a particular substance or drug. This is sometimes defined as physical dependence but usually also includes a passionate emotional dependence. Today addiction is recognized as a brain disease.

Drug addiction, is a condition characterized by an overwhelming desire to continue taking a drug to which one has become accustomed through repeated consumption because it produces a certain effect that changes the way we think and feel. Even feeling numb to depression, or forgetting about your problems, relationships and financial woes can be the catalyst that keeps the addictive desire so strong. The need for pleasure as opposed to pain in our lives is a driving force that can run riot if left unchecked. In addiction we call this unmanageability. Life however comes with a certain amount of pain. It takes some pain to exercise, to work, to build relationships and careers. It takes a certain amount of pain to keep a house, or your body, healthy and clean.

Defining Addiction

Drug addiction is a chronic, often relapsing brain disease that causes compulsive drug seeking and use, despite harmful consequences to the drug addict and those around them. Drug addiction is a brain disease because the abuse of drugs leads to changes in the structure and function of the brain. In reality, drug addiction is a complex disease, and quitting takes more than good intentions or a strong will. In fact, because drugs change the brain in ways that foster compulsive drug abuse, quitting is difficult, even for those who are ready to do so. Addiction is a condition that results when a person ingests a substance (alcohol, cocaine, nicotine, marijuana) or engages in an activity (gambling, sex, shopping) that can be pleasurable but the continued use or act of which becomes compulsive and interferes with ordinary life responsibilities. Obsession and compulsion are part and parcel of the addiction process. Some people make a distinction between physical addiction like chemicals and others psychological addictions such as gambling or sex addiction. However whether physical, psychological or otherwise they are arguably more often than not intertwined. The addictions encompass body, mind, soul, emotions as a mix of craving and dependence ingredients that progressively become more harmful as the thinking, feelings and behaviors continue. So when you see changes in these things, that have occurred since the behavior of using alcohol for example, it is an indication that an addiction is manifesting. Ordinarily, people wouldn’t choose the chaos that comes with using substances, overeating, binge eating or internet addiction isolation. People loose jobs. They loose time and money, hurt the ones they love and abandon reason as well as relationships. They act in selfish ways. They oftentimes blame everyone else for their state of affairs. They don’t assume responsibility for normal, daily living.

Addiction Treatment


We often find that when things become chaotic or unmanageable due to these compulsions, or the addiction, then it is probably time to seek treatment. Fast!

The sooner one gets help for addiction the better. Addictions don’t stay the same. They get worse. If untreated people often have only three choices. Prison, institutions or death.

Finding the right drug addiction rehab centre that suits you or your loved ones specific needs can be difficult. For help with addiction contact Drug Rehab Centres and we will point you in the right direction. Call 082 442 4779.