Addiction is a complex disease that deserves long-term, extensive treatment, just like any other chronic condition. Alcoholism is a real disease. It can cause changes to the brain and neurochemistry. Once a person addicted to alcohol may not be able to control their actions.
Addiction is mainly divided into two types namely chemical and behavioral addiction.
- Chemical addiction. This refers to addiction that involves the use of substances. Chemical addiction is a chronic, progressive and potentially fatal brain disease that is characterized by loss of control, denial and relapse.
- Behavioral addiction.This refers to addiction that involves compulsive behaviors. Few behavioral addictions are risky behavior addiction, food addiction, internet addiction, shopping addiction and video game addiction.
Some symptoms are Intense cravings, sudden behavior changes, Withdrawal from family and friends, developing a high tolerance to the substance, needing the drug to function, engaging in high-risk behavior, Preoccupation with the behavior, Using the behavior to mask or avoid negative feelings, Feeling out of control while engaging in the behavior, Restless or irritable if unable to engage in the behavior.
Commonly misused substances that can lead to addiction include: Alcohol (beer, wine, liquor and cordials), Cocaine, Inhalants, Methamphetamine, Opioids (heroin, morphine, hydrocodone, oxycodone, fentanyl, codeine, Steroids, Tobacco/nicotine.
Some of the mainly used therapies are detoxification, Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy, including behavioral, talk and group therapies.
The journal publishes all the articles and research work related to the scope of special issue “Addiction Research”.
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Note: The journal is planning to release the special issue tentatively by May 30th, 2022.