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Addiction And Family Addiction

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United States (US) has the highest rate of substance use among all developed countries (Johnson & Vaderhoef, 2016). Fifty percent of individuals living in the US has the comorbid mental illness (Johnson & Vaderhoef, 2016). Approximately two million people have admitted annually to inpatient treatment centers in the United States (Johnson & Vanderhoef, 2016).
Addiction includes much more than the neurobiology of the brain. Genetic factors have found in about half the patients with addiction (American Society of Addiction Medicine [ASAM], 2011). Factors include biological deficit, repeated drug use, cognitive and affective distortions that impairs perceptions, problems with interpersonal relationships, challenged to coping skills, and co-occurring of other psychiatric disorders (ASAM, 2011). Addiction characterized by the inability to consistently abstain, impairment in behavior control, craving, diminished recognition of significant problems, and dysfunctional emotional response (ASAM, 2011). Cognitive changes also occur that includes preoccupation with substance and blaming problems on other factors in life rather due to addiction (ASAM, 2011). Working with outpatient and adult and crisis stabilization units in last two semesters has made me realize that Addiction is more of a family illness than the individual disease. Each in the addiction family takes on a special role to survive the family disease of addiction. One of the families I have followed a South Asian family
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