The Disease Model of Addiction is a heavily researched and proven definition of addiction as a “chronic and relapsing brain disease.” A chronic disease is defined as an illness or ailment that can be effectively treated but never entirely cured. Addiction is a brain disease because it alters the neural pathways in the brain, telling the brain that the body needs drugs or alcohol.
At Princeton Detox & Recovery Center we work to educate our clients and their loved ones on the Disease Model. Understanding this model is extremely important when it comes to effectively and thoroughly treating substance abuse and dependence. Understanding the concept is also an important part of breaking the stigma that surrounds addiction. For decades, people mistakenly believed that individuals who struggled with addiction were simply weak-willed or morally corrupt. Now, science has come to understand that addiction is a condition of the brain and body that does not occur in all people. When addiction is treated as a disease, in a medical treatment facility that thoroughly understands the condition, the outcomes are significantly more successful.
At Princeton Detox & Recovery Center we take a scientific approach to drug and alcohol treatment. We use evidence-based treatment methods to set up our clients for continued success in sobriety. To learn more about our comprehensive detox program, today.