What is the true nature of addiction?

The nature, gravity, and driving forces behind an addiction are unique to everyone. What is essential is to cultivate compassion for others. While a person's dependence may seem strange, we must remember not to compare a person's desire for alcohol with ours when we don't drink; instead, compare the person's alcohol addiction to their shopping addiction, something you feel you could never do without. Addiction is a chronic disease characterized by drug seeking and use that is compulsive or difficult to control, despite harmful consequences.

The initial decision to use drugs is voluntary for most people, but repeated drug use can cause brain changes that challenge an addicted person's self-control and interfere with their ability to resist intense drug urges. These brain changes can be persistent, so drug addiction is considered a recurrent disease. People who are recovering from drug use disorders are at greater risk of returning to using drugs even after years of not taking the drug. For people suffering from drug addiction and alcoholism, the path to healing can sometimes seem like a distant flash of light in the dark.

Sometimes, you may feel like you're sinking in the mud and you can't reach your prize. However, you need to stay strong and be patient. With the right resources and a little love for yourself, you can easily overcome your illness and get back to being healthy. Despite being aware of these harmful results, many people who use drugs continue to take them, which is the nature of addiction.

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