Addiction : Addiction And Addiction

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Addiction is an illness that changes the way the brain processes information. To understand addiction, you first have to learn its language—how addiction develops and why addicts continue to use despite the harm it inevitably causes.
Addiction is a mysterious illness because it seems to make such little sense to the onlooker and at times even to the addict. Addicts are prone to repeating their poor choices because they do not process information correctly.
All addicts have poor insight and poor judgment when using. It is part of the illness of addiction.
Addiction is a dangerous illness. It can literally claim a life in a heartbeat. Once addiction develops, it is hard to stop using. It takes hold like a vice, squeezing the addict into submission to become a slave to the opioid.
In the eleven chapters that follow, I will be your guide to this mysterious and dangerous world. I explain what addiction is, why some (but not all) users of opioids develop addiction, describe the many dangers associated with addiction, and explain why addicts are often resistant to treatment.
So let’s start our journey. I’m sure you won’t be disappointed.
Chapter 3
Our National Epidemic of Opioid Addiction
“Funny thing about the monster. The worse he treats you, the more you love him.”
─Ellen Hopkins
“However vast the darkness, we must supply our own light”
─Stanley Kubrick
“It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.” ─Aristotle Onassis
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