Singing Loudly: Puzzled Addiction

Singing Loudly

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Puzzled Addiction

Addiction is a strange creature. For some people it is an inescapable curse, yet, for others, they cannot be caught by it. I'm pleased that scientists are trying to figure out why some people are more susceptible to addictions than others.

[C]ocaine users had reduced neural activity marked by reduced blood flow to the part of the brain involved in things like problem solving, decision making and controlling behavior.

Not surprisingly, this leads to a conclusion that groups like NA and AA have accepted for decades...

This research helps us move away from thinking of drug dependence as a moral weakness and allows us to see it as more of a medical condition.


Yes, addiction is confusing. However, all of us have different DNA and metabolism and this is why some can drink and not become dependent and others can't. There are also other reasons but this is one of the biggest. However, there is a new cause of addiction--prescription drugs. As the director of Novus Medical Detox, I daily see the ravages caused by prescription drug addiction created by doctors prescribing it to their patients and then the patients either continuing to obtain it or purchasing these drugs on the internet or the street. Probably the worst of these drugs is OxyContin--legal heroin.

Pain is real. I have had it much of my life first from polio and then from two surgeries. However, there are alternatives to painkillers and they must be tried first. Let's not treat the symptoms but the cause.

Prescription drug addiction is an epidemic and we must do everything we can to stop it before it overwhelms us. Education is a must.

Steve Hayes

By Blogger Steve, at 9:23 PM, March 08, 2008  

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