Our emotions, decisions, and personalities are so intricate and intimate. This makes it easy to forget that everything that makes us us comes from one powerful organ. The brain’s control over the body, and that relationship between body and mind, is complex and personal. When people are living their day-to-day life, they aren’t thinking about how their brain is responsible for everything they feel or do. However when it comes to addiction, it could be beneficial to think this way.
How the Brain Changes from Drug Use
Injury or substance abuse can damage or alter the brain, just like it can any other organ. For example, “The dishonesty that often comes with addiction (the lying, stealing, etc) feels like an incontrovertible personal failure, unforgivable because…well because shouldn’t I be a better person?” Of course, human beings are responsible for their own actions, but so is the brain. The brain’s main goal is to keep the body alive. So if it’s been convinced that it needs a certain substance to survive, it’s going to do anything in it’s power to get that substance, resulting in behaviors that can be self-destructive and/or very unusual of the person.
“To accept that our thoughts and actions really do arise from our brains does not get rid of personal responsibility… But it can be a crucial step in understanding that the things we do that we’d rather not do aren’t simple choices between right and wrong.”
Understanding the brain’s role in addiction may help people forgive themselves. Then he or she may feel comfortable reaching out and allowing time for the brain to heal. Time and support are greatly beneficial in overcoming addiction. Both of these things will increase the chance of success for recovery. To learn more about the kinds of healing necessary for recovery, see the source article at the Memoirs of an Addicted Brain website.
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