Addiction is often a subject of taboo. There are many theories about what addiction is and how it develops. Addiction can and does affect people of all walks of like. The effects of addiction can be devastating to individuals and their families.

Whichever theory or ideas you may have about addiction and substance use, it has been proven scientifically that changes in the brain occur physically. With help from an online therapist, treatment, and recovery, these changes can be corrected. That’s not to say that it is a fast or easy process. It takes work and support.

The AMSA definition of addiction is very complex in its description: Addiction is a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory, and related circuitry. Dysfunction in these circuits leads to characteristic biological, psychological, social, and spiritual manifestations. This is reflected in an individual pathologically pursuing reward and/or relief by substance use and other behaviors. To sum it up, addiction causes changes in the brain.

Addiction is characterized by:

  1. Inability to consistently abstain;
  2. Impairment in behavioral control;
  3. Craving; or increased “hunger” for drugs or rewarding experiences;
  4. Diminished recognition of significant problems with one’s behaviors and interpersonal relationships; and
  5. A dysfunctional emotional response.

Addiction rarely happens overnight and often time is a way to mask the hurt from past experiences. Or sometimes people find it hard to process and experience negative emotions. The above are not the only contributing factors, there are many and they can be complex. Over time, one can become physically and emotionally dependent on a substance.

If you are struggling with substance abuse or addiction, working with an online therapist can provide some insight into your situation, and together the staff at Texas Online Counseling can help. Michelle Inauen and Michelle Blank both have years of experience working with a variety of clients, struggling with a variety of issues. We will work to determine the reasons behind your addiction and will create a path toward healing.

Schedule a free consultation with us today and get started on your journey toward a higher quality of life.