Addiction or Dependence is a chronic Neurobiologic disease with genetic, psychosocial and environmental factors influencing its development and manifestations. There is impaired control over drug/alcohol use, compulsive use, craving and continued use despite harm.Such people are unfortunately termed Junkies, Druggies etc not realizing they have an illness.
It is a treatable disease utilizing a multidisciplinary approach of Pharmacotherapy, Counselling, Group therapy, Psychosocial interventions and Family therapy.
Some patients need to voluntarily enter a safe, secure facility in which intensive drug and alcohol treatment programs are the cornerstone of the patient’s daily activities. Often, patients who have repeatedly relapsed back into drug and alcohol use, achieve success in a residential program.Some people identify that they need drug or alcohol treatment and want to “do it right” the first time.