Addictionas defined in the DSM-V (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5) is a disease, an illness that can be treated, just as diabetes or heart disease can be treated but can not be cured. However, there is no simple short cut, no surgery, no pill or quick fix to treating addiction. Its a life or death disease and left untreated the individual will either end up in an institution, homeless or in jail. Or worse: dead. The American Society of Addiction Medicine defines addiction as a chronic progressive disease characterized by drug or alcohol using (or a behavior) that is compulsive, or difficult to control leading to harmful consequences including incarceration, depression, anxiety, relationship or financial problems, or physical problems such as liver damage, weight loss, dental problems or brain disorders. And despite these harmful consequences, those with addiction continue to use drugs or consume alcohol, which is the nature of addiction. Some people with addictions may be high bottom cases, in that negative problems have not yet occurred, but perhaps family or work relationships are beginning to suffer. This does not mean that they are not yet ready for treatment. The sooner the addiction is treated, the better and the more positive and quicker the outcome. Many people don't understand why or how other people become addicted to drugs or alcohol. They may mistakenly think that those who use drugs or abuse alcohol lack moral principles or willpower and that they could stop their drug or alcohol use simply by choosing to. In reality, addiction is a complex disease, and quitting usually takes a lot more than good intentions or a strong will. Drugs and alcohol change the brain in ways that make quitting hard, even for those who really want to. Fortunately, those of us working in the field of addiction -- medical doctors, psychiatrist, researchers and addiction specialists -- are continuing to learn more than ever about how drugs and alcohol affect the brain and have found treatments that can help people recover from addiction and lead productive lives.
We are conveniently located in Rome's center near Piazza del Risorgamento off of via Cola di Rienzo. Our address is Via Catone 21, 5th floor. Take the elevator to the right after the hallway.
Parking is nearby off of Via dei Gracchi and Piazza dell'Unita'. Phone (English speaking) +39.342.812.7620
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