Addiction is a problem that is started with a CONSCIOUS DECISION to "feel better" through the use of a substance which leads to a SUBCONSCIOUS ADDICTIVE DISEASE for some. People do this through NORMAL NEOPLASTIC BRAIN changes, which manipulate brain Neurotransmitters (dopamine, serotonin, epinephrine, etc) with psychoactive drugs, sugar, tobacco, sex, social media, etc.

Addiction is an ADAPTIVE RESPONSE which is EXPERIENCE DEPENDENT, not Substance dependent. It leads to a compulsive lifestyle adopted in a desperate attempt to heal, resolve, or just "feel better" about early concealed and unrecognized TRAUMA known as ACEs (ADVERSE CHILDHOOD EXPERIENCES)

ACEs that are not healed, with time, become overwhelmingly concealed from awareness by shame, secrecy, and social taboo, and then transformed from psychosocial experiences to Addiction, Organic Disease, Social Malfunction and Mental Illness, later in life.

ACEs include physical, sexual, emotional abuse and neglect, household substance use, familial mental illness or incarceration, divorce, separation, maternal abuse and (OFTEN MISSED) low level neglect and lack of interest in a child.

The ACE Study shows 60% of Adults have at least one 1 ACE, 25% have 3 or more ACEs, and 15% have 4 or more ACEs. 80% of ADDICTS begin developing an ADDAPTIVE BEHAVIOR to ACEs prior to the age of 15, and 74% of people are either ashamed or refuse to discuss their own or a family members Addiction.

There are also secondary factors that push the person toward their addiction such as, genetics, social and cultural norms, peer influences, individual biologic characteristics and individual brain chemistry, environmental factors, and access to addictive substances.

Henry Balzani MS,MD

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