Addiction is a complex and chronic illness that requires ongoing maintenance and management. There is no definitive cure for addiction, but with the right support, it is possible to build a new, substance-free life. In this article, we'll explore the definition of addiction, the latest research findings in the field of addiction recovery, and whether it is possible to be cured of addiction.To understand whether addiction can be “treated” or “cured”, it's important to first define what addiction is. Addiction is a chronic illness, similar to mental illness, that can cause a person to compulsively seek out and use drugs or alcohol.
While there are treatments available to help manage the symptoms of drug use and prevent drug abuse, there is no pill or therapy that can make a person not addicted.The latest research indicates that addiction is a chronic disease that requires ongoing maintenance. In the early stages of recovery, addiction treatment can be very beneficial in treating acute withdrawal, as well as breaking the cycle of addictive behavior. After initial addiction treatment, it is advisable to have a wellness maintenance plan that includes relapse prevention.The recently deceased writer and television personality Anthony Bourdain was criticized by some for using alcohol and cannabis recreationally, in what was apparently very controlled and responsible, decades after giving up heroin and cocaine. Was this a valid criticism? Can a person who was addicted to drugs or alcohol in their teens have a glass of wine with dinner safely in their middle age?The answer is not straightforward.
While it is possible for former drug users to learn to manage their illness and enter periods of sobriety, the risk of relapse is always present. That's why it's important that former drug users don't experiment with substances other than the substance they sought treatment for. It's also important to note that education about the causes, consequences, and symptoms of addiction can help prevent addiction from starting.I have known many people who were addicted to alcohol when they were young but who don't approach it in their old age, perhaps because they are afraid of becoming addicted to it again. While the idea of using something you may have been addicted to or using it is a close cousin to increase a happy time, relax or relax in normal life sounds appealing, I think the risk outweighs the benefit if you've had a problem with addiction to anything.So can addiction be cured? The answer is no.
Addiction is treatable, and with the right support, you can build a new, substance-free life. But “cure” is a specific term - there is no pill or therapy that makes a person not addicted.