Understanding Addiction: Professionals Definition of “Addiction”
It is often difficult for someone that is suffering from addiction, substance abuse, or chemical dependency to understand or admit that they have a problem.
It can be as difficult, if not more difficult, for the family and loved ones of that person to admit the problem. The words “addict” and “alcoholic” can carry negative connotations, so people can often shut down based on shame, guilt, anger, and/or embarrassment at being classified as such.
However, it is vital for someone suffering from a substance use disorder as well as for their family and loved ones to understand that addiction is a disease because the earlier someone gets help or intervened upon, the earlier the disease can be arrested, treated, and put into remission while the person begins their recovery.