The Neurobiology of Addiction and Healing Journey of Recovery

Suffering from addiction often comes with feelings of shame, guilt, and pain; this may be attributed to the fact that historically, addiction was viewed as a type of moral failing or character flaw. However, we now better understand the neurobiology of addiction; the process and progression of how casual, recreational substance use leads to abuse and, eventually, dependence.

It is now known that addiction is not a character weakness, but instead a chronic illness. Addiction as an illness is categorized by clinically significant impairments in your overall health, social and occupational functioning, relationships, and your ability to gain control over your substance use, despite your best efforts. At Villa Kali Ma, we understand that your addiction does not define who you are as a person. We know that you are suffering from a chronic illness, similar to diabetes, asthma, and hypertension.

Although the neurobiology of addiction mechanisms are seemingly different from these other conditions, all of these disorders are chronic, subject to relapse, and influenced by genetic, developmental, behavioral, social, and environmental factors. In all of these illnesses, the affected individuals may show difficulty managing their symptoms and complying with treatment, which is why we are here to help.

In our neurobiology of addiction program, we hope to provide you with the neurobiology of addiction knowledge and psychoeducation needed to understand the science behind your addiction comprehensively. All addictive substances have potent effects on the brain and body. These effects create the euphoric or intensely pleasurable feelings that you may experience when using.

These feelings intrinsically motivate you to continue to use the substance again and again, despite the risks that may be associated with your use. We will discuss various substances, what they are, and how they affect your brain and body. We introduce the different parts of the brain that substances alter and examine precisely how and why they are impacted. The neurotransmitters and hormones that are affected are also part of our neurobiology of addiction program’s group discussions.

As a group member in our neurobiology of addiction program, you can investigate your subjective experience and explore the specific influence that substances have had on your functioning. By understanding the neurobiology of addiction, including the progressive changes called neuroadaptations, which occur in the structure and function of your brain, we hope to empower you to commit to sobriety as means of protecting your physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health.

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