“Current epidemiological studies have shown that most people will remit—on their own, without formal treatment—from addictions to nicotine, alcohol, marijuana, cocaine, and prescription pills. However, the common belief among treatment centers and medical professionals is that addiction is a chronic, relapsing disease—once an addict, always an addict, as they say at 12-step meetings.
Should I get treatment? Do I need to? What kind of treatment should I be looking for? These are questions likely everyone with a substance or behavioral addiction asks. The answers are elusive. The fact is there aren’t many studies looking at the trajectories of drug use—how long it lasts, and how the severity and specificity (choice of drug) influence remission rates and therefore, treatment expectations. Understanding the patterns of substance abuse is essential for developing more effective prevention and treatment strategies.”
The article discusses: Aging out, the trajectories of addiction, the specificity of addiction, and the need to improve treatment.
Read more at: http://www.thefix.com/content/trajectories
Source: TheFix.com – December 9, 2015