By now, it should be fairly clear that drug addiction has a profound effect on the brain. What isn't quite so clear is just how that happens and what the specific effects might be. Addiction and the brain is not a new concept. However, it has only been in the last 10 years that doctors and scientists have been able to isolate the most important issues.\r\nFacts About Addiction and the Brain\r\nThe reality is that an addiction is not a social or psychological disease. It's a disease of the brain. This might seem like an odd statement, but the truth is that drugs and alcohol alter how the brain functions. It's actually possible for alcohol and anxiety to go hand and hand with anxiety being a mental affliction. Therefore, it stands to reason that the disease of addiction is, in fact, a disease of the brain.\r\n\r\nWhile it's true that most addictions start with people voluntarily drinking or using drugs, there comes a point in time when the brain receptors become altered. In an altered state, the brain makes clear that it needs the drugs for survival. That's where the impulse to keep drinking and using comes into play. That's also the point where the brain is actually addicted\u2013a disease of the brain.\r\nHow to Treat Addiction and the Brain\r\nCounseling and treatment are intended as a means to address the psychological issues that make addiction possible. Seriously, how is counseling going to help the brain? It's not. The part of the addiction treatment process that pertains to the actual brain is detox.\r\n\r\nThrough the detox process, addictive substances are denied to the brain. In a fit, the brain sends messages to other parts of the body. These messages result in withdrawal symptoms. Over a specified period of time, the brain will begin to readjust to the absence of drugs and\/or alcohol and the withdrawal symptoms will begin to subside. At the conclusion of detox, the brain will return to normal functioning.\r\nAddiction Treatment at Beaches Recovery\r\nAt Beaches Recovery center in Jacksonville, Florida, we treat all aspects of addiction. When necessary, the treatment process begins with detox. As indicated above, the end goal is cleansing the mind of residual drugs to induce a higher level of functioning.\r\n\r\nIn order to treat the social and psychological causes of addiction, we use one of the following treatment plans:\r\n\r\n \tOutpatient care\r\n \tIntensive outpatient treatment\r\n \tPartial hospitalization program\r\n \tInpatient and\u00a0extended care\r\n \tFamily therapy\r\n \tResidential treatment\r\n \tAftercare counseling for transitional and sober living\r\n\r\nNow that you have a better understanding of how addiction and the brain interact, it will hopefully motivate you to seek treatment for your addiction. When the time comes, we hope you will pick up the phone and call Beaches Recovery at <a href='tel:8666050532'>866.605.0532</a>. Working together, there's every reason to believe you will find recovery and rediscover a better way of living.