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Thursday, April 10, 2008

Addiction

from Addiction Science Network;

What is drug addiction? Considerable confusion exists regarding the nature of addiction. The most common misunderstanding is that addiction refers to a state of physical dependence on a drug whereby discontinuing drug intake produces a withdrawal syndrome consisting of various somatic disturbances. Addiction is better defined as a behavioral syndrome where drug procurement and use seem to dominate the individual’s motivation and where the normal constraints on behavior are largely ineffective. This condition may or may not be accompanied by the development of physical dependence on the drug. This condition has also been described as a "psychological" addiction (thus distinguishing it from physical dependence archaically termed "physical" addiction), but confusion is minimized by using the term addiction to refer to the behavioral syndrome described above and the term physical dependence to refer to the condition associated with somatic withdrawal reactions. The distinguishing feature of the condition commonly referred to as addiction is the ability of the drug to dominate the individual’s behavior, regardless of whether physical dependence is also produced by the drug.

good explanation of the nature of addiction.
there are many misconceptions about the malady.
be wary of well-meaning old timers, who insist you
can pray away addiction.




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3 comments:

Shadow said...

"the ability of the drug to dominate the individual’s behavior" that sums it up nicely!

MICKY said...

ADDICTION:
"Even so consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus. Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its lusts, and do not go on presenting the members of your body to sin as instruments of unrighteousness; but present yourselves to God as those alive form the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God. For sin shall not be master over you, for you are not under law but under grace." (Rom 6:11-14).

I, MICKY, AM A GIFT TO ALL PEOPLE.

Heather said...

Coming out of lurk mode. :0) Interesting read and food for thought. I've come to discover in my own life that I have the propensity to be "addicted" to almost anything. As a recovering addict, I have the tendency to bounce between extreme thoughts and actions. Program helps some with learning new coping mechanisms. Having a real relationship with my Creator gives me real hope. I don't believe that I can pray my addiction away...I DO believe that God can use my experiences for His glory.

 
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