The object of addiction has gone far beyond drug and alcohol abuse. There has never been a time in the history of our civilization that this affliction has been more pervasive than in our present society. Anything that causes our brains to evoke its natural chemicals which result in altered states like feeling pleasurable has the potential to get a person hooked. With the advent of high technology, everything seems to come in an instant, like instant coffee, instant shopping, instant mail, or instant answer to the question. Modern life offers us instant gratification in almost everything.
It is the immediate gratification in everyday life that seems to have shaped our expectations about how life should be. This mindset is so pervasive that we expect immediate results even for things that normally require time to bear fruit. This habit of mind makes us vulnerable to all forms of addictive behaviors. What makes us repeat this behavior is the promise of a pleasurable outcome. When the connection between pleasure and behavior outcome is instantaneous we tend to repeat the behavior without regard to any long-term effects. Our brain becomes wired and we respond to positive rewards better than negative or punitive ones. The brain’s reward system is mediated by chemicals in our brain like a light switch that turns on and off depending on what is presented to our senses. We are creatures of habit, especially pleasant ones.
The most devastating form of addiction is an addiction to drugs and alcohol. It is compelling because it holds the brain captive and in turn, the rest of the addict’s life is held hostage by it. It is this complex mechanism of addiction that makes its manifestations difficult to comprehend by the layman. What we see is the person choosing to indulge himself in drug and alcohol abuse and the psychological and medical costs of over-indulgence to the person and some extent to his family and loved ones. It is not easy to comprehend why addiction is a disease, especially when the person has chosen to indulge in them in the first place. On the other hand, it is easy to view a cancer patient as a victim of misfortune, it is difficult to ascribe the same to what befalls an alcoholic or an addicted person. A person is often not seen as a victim when he suffers from a condition prevailed by himself.
In this perception of the self-inflicted problem that presents a difficulty for many to empathize and be sympathetic to the addicted person. In the case of addiction, the initial use of drugs is to satisfy the peer pressure, the curiosity that might lead to eventual problematic use depending on the level of personal risk factors that a person may have. The addicted person is trapped in the web of addiction and it gets hard to change. It is easy for society to view the addicted person as a hopeless case but that person goes through a lot.
So if you think that you are facing the burden of addiction, you can contact us and get yourself enrolled at our rehabilitation centre in Gurgaon to get the best treatment for your addiction.