What is addiction?

A GREAT clip from an HBO special called “Addiction.”

One of the things I love about addiction work is that it really is relevant to everyone in some shape or form. How many times have you tried to cut back on something, whether it be a food, gambling, internet, sex, alcohol, or drugs? In the new Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-5), the book psychologists use to diagnose people, they have added an addictive behaviors section that includes gambling with internet addiction also in the appendix.

People always talk about life being a “balance.” Well, when you’re addicted, something is off balance. Alcohol and drugs is the epitome of what I’m trying to talk about. There are certain biological mechanisms that occur in our brain (in conjunction with environmental stressors/issues) when we are addicted. This video is a great starter video to start understand this.

Here the director of the National Institute of Drug Abuse, Dr. Nora Volkow, talks about biological and environmental impact of alcohol/drug abuse. She talks with people who have struggled with addiction and discusses the “disease model” of addiction.

It’s only about 17 minutes, so take the time to watch!

For more information on this special: http://www.hbo.com/addiction/


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