Chemical addiction

The process of addiction has a chemical component that takes place in the addict’s brain as well as a behavioral component that is observable through the addict’s actions. Addiction therefore always has an aspect of change in the brain chemistry of an individual. A combination of factors including brain chemistry, drug chemistry, social interactions and thought processes combine to create the condition referred to as addiction (Doweiko, 2011).

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Pharmacological treatment in drug addiction interventions is usually conducted in two ways. The first way is the replacement centered harm reduction and the other approach utilizes treatment based on an abstinence model. The abstinence centered model uses a detoxification therapy approach to get the individuals and keep them in a drug free state.

Doweiko, H. (2011). Concepts of chemical dependency. Cengage Learning.

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