Drug addiction is like a plane switched to autopilot – and flying full speed straight up into the sky.
Someone may be in the pilot’s seat, but they are no longer in control. The transport is going straight for the high – despite the damage to the body and the imminent fall – because that’s what it was reconfigured to do.
Sovereign Health of Arizona stands as air traffic control for women trapped in peril. We use holistic trauma-informed care to guide women through the turbulence of releasing addiction and getting them safely grounded.
Addiction Is More Than The Physical
Addiction goes beyond substance abuse. Alcohol, prescription or illegal drugs become necessary just to get going every day: interacting with people, working or performing normal tasks. The majority of substances reconfigure brain systems and without intervention can lead to irreparable or fatal damages.
Stigma fuels society in perceiving one addicted as flawed, weak or having a wild streak. When in fact, evidence-based findings demonstrate addiction is a brain disease either:
- Manifested from a genetic predisposition
- To cope with trauma, however counterintuitive
- Co-morbidly occurring in tandem with a mental disorder
Addiction can be to any substance, with a labyrinth of respective symptoms and causes. Substances vary in how they impact the brain, control behavior and commandeer lives.
Alcohol Addiction And The Body
Think of alcohol addiction like poisonous contacts. The individual may not be able to see to drive or work without them but with the contacts their view is warped and the person just becomes accustomed to the distortion.
An alcoholic’s dependence is not just psychological – their very cells accustom to large volumes of alcohol because it provides a source of energy and alcohol tolerance is high. But at a cost.