The common saying of “once addicted, always addicted” has been around for a long time. But what does this statement really mean? Are people addicted for life? Can addiction be treated and overcome? To answer these questions, it is important to understand the two types of addicts: recovering and active. Recovering addicts are those who have undergone treatment and are working to abstain from drugs or alcohol for life. Active addicts, on the other hand, are those who currently use drugs or alcohol and live in denial of their addiction.
The science of addiction and the treatment of substance use disorders has led to the development of research-based methods that help people stop using drugs and resume a productive life, also known as recovery. Adolescents are especially vulnerable to potential addiction because their brains are not yet fully developed, especially the frontal regions that help control impulses and assess risk. Behavioral therapies help people in treatment for drug addiction to modify their attitudes and behaviors related to drug use. This type of therapy can help prevent relapses, which are common in the chronic nature of addiction.
For an addict on the road to recovery, considering himself cured of his addiction must be the most common and self-deceptive justification for a relapse that exists. Although science only weakly supports the addictive personality, it is still important to recognize that addiction is a treatable disorder. With the right treatment and support, it is possible for an addict to overcome their addiction and lead a healthy life.