Disease of addiction is a bio-psycho-social-spiritual disease characterized by its chronic, progressive, primary, and potentially fatal nature. It causes the victim to compulsively and repeatedly engage in drug seeking in the face of negative consequences that affect the individual and his family. Although the decision to use the drug for the first time is voluntary, addiction severely hinders an addict’s ability to resist cravings and results in loss of control over amount, time and place, and the duration of drug use.
Similar to diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, and other chronic illnesses, addiction is a life-long condition that cannot be cured. However, it can be managed with appropriate care and strategies provided at the rehabilitation program at Sadaqat Clinic.
In the absence of treatment, addiction worsens over time, affecting an individual’s quality of life and functioning in the different domains of life.
Addiction originates independently of another condition. It is not caused by a previous disease, injury, or event.
Without timely treatment, addiction can lead to death in some cases.
Addiction is a metabolic disorder that causes the drug (heroin, cannabis, hashish, cocaine, etc.) to quickly disintegrate into toxins upon entering the body. These toxins are then cleared at a very slow rate. This lag in handling leads to the state of intoxication. Intoxication steers a person to a thinking and living pattern based in denial and delusion. Denial does not let the drug user see the menace of addiction approaching. It also leads to slow reflexes and weak responses. Although in such a case, addicts are able to perform previously learned habits and routines to a minimally acceptable level, they have difficulty with new learning and spontaneous decision-making. When such a malady happens, it becomes mandatory for the individual to drink and use drugs to override the pain of toxins in the system.
In brief, addiction originates as a result of faulty biology in the addict. However, while addiction starts in one’s biology, it proceeds to deteriorate the psychological, social, and spiritual areas of their life.