There are many types of addiction. However, many people generally don’t understand how the disease works. By controlling the brain, it often makes you believe your addictive tendencies aren’t as bad as other peoples’. However, once you fully understand the science of addiction, you’ll realize you’re not that much different from your peers.
How do the Different Types of Addiction Work?
Addiction, as a disease, affects the brain’s limbic system and prefrontal cortex. While the brain has many different components, these are responsible for addictive behavior. The limbic system is the metaphorical gas pedal controlling pleasure. The prefrontal cortex is the brakes, telling you to stop when moving forward is too dangerous.
Scientific research shows us that people with alcohol or drug addiction have trouble controlling their prefrontal cortex. Unfortunately, your limbic system tells you to keep using despite the consequences. The same cognitive malfunction occurs with process addictions like shopping, sex, gambling, eating, or other pleasurable activities.
How Does the Disease Affect Behavior?
When developing an addiction, your loved one is no longer the person they once were. Often, this is why addiction leads to family separation and loss of friendship. There’s actually a very logical explanation for the behavior change, and it also deals with cognitive functioning.
The prefrontal cortex has many other functions besides being the metaphorical brakes of the brain. When it isn’t working properly, an individual is in survival mode. The limbic system tells you drugs or alcohol are necessary for survival. Meanwhile, you’ll struggle with the following:
- Logical decision making
- Impulse control
How Treatment Helps
At San Antonio Recovery Center in San Antonio, Texas, our addiction treatment program focuses on modifying problematic thoughts and behaviors. To reach successful sobriety, rehabilitating the mind is necessary. You’ll receive comprehensive care in a comfortable facility with access to the following effective programs:
Begin retraining your brain today to break free from your addiction. Start living the lifestyle you’ve always wanted. If you or a loved one has an addiction call us today at 866-957-7885.