Science helps in understanding
The more we know about addiction the better able we are to understand it and treat it. Ongoing scientific research has shown that addiction is a treatable disease. Evidence shows that people can stop abusing drugs and return to normal life with sufficient treatment.
Although addiction is not something that can be cured, people can learn to manage its effects on their behavior and on their brain function.
Addiction is pervasive
Obtaining drugs, taking them, and ultimately experiencing their effects is fundamentally what drives an addict. The process can be all-consuming, even in cases where the user is what’s known as “high functioning”. Although these people can make it through each day’s tasks, drugs and/or alcohol are a basic part of their everyday lives in much the same way as some people “need” coffee before they get going in the morning – it’s simply part of their routine. Multiply this behavior or desire and you will begin to have an idea of what an addict’s day can feel like.