Addiction is a very serious mental illness that affects thousands of people in the United States, and it\u2019s escalating. More and more people each year struggle with addiction, but not everyone understands the illness. There are many people who think those with an addiction should have more willpower. Unfortunately, addiction affects a person\u2019s ability to control his or her compulsive behavior due to issues with brain chemistry.\r\nUnderstanding Addiction and Compulsive Behavior\r\nPeople who don\u2019t understand addiction may look at those who have an addiction with a lot of confusion. Most people stop touching the hot stove once he or she feels the burn, but those with an addiction do not. It\u2019s important to understand that someone with an addiction has a brain that\u2019s working much differently. The compulsive behavior of addiction is due to an abnormal functioning of the prefrontal cortex of the brain.\r\n\r\nThis part of the brain is responsible for some of the following:\r\n\r\n \tLogical decision making\r\n \tModerating the pleasure system\r\n \tImpulse control\r\n \tSelf-awareness\r\n \tEmpathy\r\n\r\nWhen you understand that this part of the brain isn\u2019t functioning properly, it\u2019s much easier to show empathy for those addicted. For example, someone in a wheelchair with a disability isn\u2019t choosing to not walk, but he or she can\u2019t. Remember that just because you can\u2019t see an illness doesn\u2019t mean that it\u2019s not there. Many people with an addiction to drugs or alcohol would stop if they could.\r\nHow Compulsive Behavior Develops\r\nThe strongest, most developed part of our brain is responsible for our most primitive instincts and for good reason. Humans, like most living creatures, are reward-based learners by nature, and it\u2019s embedded in us. We evolve like this because it helps us seek food when we\u2019re hungry and water when we\u2019re thirsty. Unfortunately, this can also work in other ways because our brain is constantly trying to solve problems.\r\n\r\nSubstance abuse turns into an addiction because of this reward-based learning process in the mind. A person may drink or use drugs to just have fun with friends or to experiment. Then a stressful life situation may occur, and he or she may turn to drugs or alcohol as a way to deal with stress, sadness, anger or other emotion. The brain logs this as a way to solve the problem, and the person may do this again and again when that same situation and emotion arise.\r\n\r\nEvery time a person repeats this behavior because of a specific trigger, that habit becomes stronger. Eventually, there\u2019s no thought that happens before the person picks up the drink or the drug because now it\u2019s a compulsive behavior. Since the person has a brain that\u2019s lacking impulse control, there\u2019s often no pause button between the trigger and the reaction happen. The good news is that Beaches Recovery can help you or your loved one with this issue.\r\nAllow Beaches Recovery to Help\r\nBeaches Recovery specializes in treating those who suffer from an addiction to drugs or alcohol. The compulsive behavior and the signs of addiction that your or your loved one is suffering may make you feel helpless. Luckily, research shows that specific types of treatment help break the cycle of these types of behaviors. We will work closely with you or your loved one to identify these behaviors and diminish them with addiction therapy and treatment.\r\n\r\nOne of the major triggers a person has may be the symptoms of mental illness. We offer dual diagnosis treatment for those with co-occurring addiction and mental health issues. We have a qualified staff who can identify the symptoms of mental illness and help you overcome those as well. Our 30-bed facility is located in a beautiful area of Jacksonville, Florida, and we work with different insurance companies. To find out more about the web of compulsive behavior and addiction, give us a call at 8666050532.