ADDICTION IS A DISEASE RECOGNIZED BY THE WHO (WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION) FOR SEVERAL DECADES NOW
“It is a disease of the brain that is characterized by the loss of control in the consumption of one or more substances or in the compulsive practice of various activities (sex, gambling, shopping, internet, etc.). The addicted person continues to maintain his or her behaviour despite the negative consequences, thus entering a self-destructive loop that can only be broken with appropriate treatment.”
Addictions have health, social, family, and professional consequences that affect both the patient and the environment
HOW CAN WE HELP YOU?
The basis of our treatment is cognitive-behavioural group therapy, with a special emphasis on motivational therapy.
WHAT IS ADDICTIVE BEHAVIOR?
Addictive behaviours are characterized by their ability to produce immediate gratification or to relieve discomfort.
The reality is that addiction, beyond choice and will, is a disease out of the control of the addicted person.
As a disease characterized by self-deception, the individual comes to believe that he or she is not sick and can therefore “control his or her use.”
Is an unwell person, a slave to his addiction. At first, he feels like an intelligent person, convinced that he is doing the right thing, regardless of the consequences of his drug use and deception.
His double life, his blackmail, his manipulations, etc… lead him to such a brutal deterioration that he ends up revealing his true face.
Addicts are people who have an inner emptiness, unable to love themselves or others, they are only immersed in their own world.
Most people think that all they must do to overcome this problem is to show more self-control and willpower, but it is not that simple.
One of the barriers to recovery for an addict is thinking that they can rely solely on their own willpower, which, while crucial to getting away from the problem, is not enough on its own, because when they least expect it and life puts them under a lot of stress, they are most likely to relapse.
The first step is to accept yourself, to acknowledge that you have a problem and that you have lost control. This is the beginning. Some people can stop or reduce their use of any substance as they wish.
Therefore, it is commonly believed that an addicted person can quit if he or she has enough willpower. However, people who become addicted cannot stop using on their own. Willpower is not enough.
Even if the addict persists, defeat awaits. Multidisciplinary treatment is the most effective method of getting the patient to stop using and start living with satisfaction and a sense of wellbeing. The goal of the addicted person is recovery in all aspects of their personal, social, and professional life.
We do not settle for simply not using. The goal is to learn to live well and to be able to deal with the pleasant and unpleasant situations that life may present in a balanced and satisfying way.
ANY ADDICTION CAN BE TREATED WITH GREAT SUCCESS
THE SYMPTOMATOLOGY OF ADDICTON IS
Gradual deterioration of the person’s
quality of life due to the negative consequences of the addictive behaviour.
Loss of control
characterized by the compulsive practice of the addictive behaviour.
Denial or self-deception
that appears as a difficulty in perceiving the relationship between the addictive behaviour and personal deterioration.
of the personal, social, and family environment.
Given this symptomatology, its detection is simple once it has become obvious, but in the meantime, it passes through a clinical silence, difficult to detect and which, depending on the type of substance, can last a long time.
Studies show that neurochemical changes occur in people with addiction disorders and that there may also be a biogenetic predisposition to develop these diseases. Addiction can involve substances, relationships and/or activities. In fact, we could say that addictive behaviour is unique, although its manifestations are diverse, hence the possibility for the addicted person to suffer from complementary poly dependencies, such as the consumption of several substances, poly consumption, which in turn are correlated with addictive behaviours in the following areas: gambling, sex, work, interpersonal relationships, Internet.
STAGES OF THE DISEASE
The disease of addiction, like many others, is a process in which there is first what is called a “lightning strike”, a phase in which the patient maintains consumption of the substance without it causing any visible damage to his life.
In the second stage, the disease maintains what is called clinical silence, where the patient is not aware of the problem because there are no visible indicators of it.
The last and third stage is the emergence of the disease, where the patient’s circle becomes aware of the problem, even if the patient denies it.
WITH PROPER TREATMENT, THE ADDICT AND FAMILY MEMBERS CAN GET THEIR LIVES BACK ON TRACK.
NEED FOR HELP
It is very important to understand that one of the symptoms of this disease is self-deception and denial.
The sufferer usually does not ask for help and if he or she does, it is at a very advanced stage of the disease when the damage has already been done on almost every level.
Therefore, to avoid reaching this point, when the family realizes or suspects that their loved one is ill, they must act quickly.
This disease requires, as we have already said, a specialized treatment, in which not only the addict must take part, but also the family or partner, so that the whole process has the optimal and expected result. It is imperative, as soon as the existence of the disease is suspected, to go immediately to the specialized centre and meet with the professional(s) to begin the most appropriate treatment at once.
Addiction is genetic, environmental, and social. No one is to blame for being addicted, addiction is a disease, it is not a vice, and it is not due to a lack of willpower, it is a behavioural disorder due to neuronal alterations.
To establish a correct diagnosis, it is necessary to conduct a thorough clinical interview during which we can confirm a diagnosis, exclude other pathologies, or discover underlying or dual pathologies. What are the warning signs? Changes in physical appearance, mood, family and social relationships, work or school performance, changes in daily habits, etc.
This is the term used when addiction is sometimes accompanied by a second psychiatric pathology. This may be primary, secondary, or concurrent with the addiction problem. In either case, the addiction must be treated first. This allows the second disorder to be addressed with a greater likelihood of success, thus infinitely improving the patient’s quality of life. Our job is to study your case in order to make the right diagnosis and to offer you the best possible treatment.
Co-addiction is the emotional disorder suffered by family members of the addict. It is a form of addiction. The person puts aside his or her priorities to devote most of their time to the addicted party. Like addiction, co-dependency is also treated in our group therapies. We are at your disposal.
WE CAN HELP
The disease of addiction can only be overcome with treatment.
With our personal experience in this field and our knowledge, we believe that we can find the solution to your problem, studying your case and looking for the best treatment for your needs.
If you need help, don’t hesitate to contact us. Our team of professionals offer advice on the most effective way to address the problem at hand and to promote healthy habits that will help the patient make a full recovery.
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