What Addiction Counselors Need to Know

Anyone going into the addiction counseling field should know something about the medications that are used in medical detoxification, as well as to stabilize active addiction and assist the recovery process. Even though therapists don’t participate directly in the medical aspects of the detoxification and treatment processes, it is helpful to know generally what physicians…

Why Addiction Happens

Why Addiction Happens

Throughout the history of medicine, there have been various theories of addiction. Historically, addiction was thought to be a form of spiritual possession, and this provided the origin of referring to alcohol as “spirits.” Sometimes the behavior of addicted persons seems more animal than human. This is typified by the aggressive behavior and lack of…

Addiction is a Family Disease

Addiction is a family disease because it affects everyone in the family system in which it occurs, but also because it runs in families. Addiction runs in families through genetic transmission. Most people who use alcohol or other drugs don’t become addicted. If you’re speaking with a group of addiction treatment patients or people in…