In this episode of In The Circle, I delve into the complex and often debated topic: Is addiction a disease? We explore how society interprets addiction and the implications these interpretations have on treatment approaches. What are the motivations behind defining addiction as a disease? If addiction isn’t seen as a disease, how do we understand and “fix” it?
We also take a look at the characterization of addiction as a disease of the brain and nervous system, focusing on remission rather than cure. This has led to an increased reliance on pharmacological treatments in addiction recovery. While these are important tools and can be effective for short-term withdrawal relief, their prolonged use might lead to additional dependencies and impede full emotional and mental recovery.
The holistic approach to recovery is still, in my opinion, the best and most effective long-term recovery plan—by taking abstinence-based approaches and following the transformative power of 12-step programs, yoga, meditation, and breathwork.
The real medicine comes from being honest and truthful with yourself and others, walking a path that is holistic in nature.
– Tommy Rosen, In The Circle Podcast
- Whether or not addiction is a disease
- The effects of prolonged use of addiction medications
- Are we treating the symptom or the root of addiction?
- Why does humankind fall for addictive substances?
- Why the holistic approach to addiction recovery is the most effective
Addiction is Part of Everyone’s Journey, But Recovery is Not.
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