What is Addiction?

Everybody has an opinion about it.

The medical community treats the disease.
Psychologists call it compulsive dependence.
The courts say it leads to crime.
Social organizations call it a menace.
Religious groups condemn the sin.
Rockstars glorify the ‘high’.
Drug dealers call it business.
For college students it’s fun.
On Wall Street its socializing.
And down at the street corner, one addict simply said,
‘It’s what made me wretched, homeless and hopeless.’

The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) put all these viewpoints together in its revised 2011 definition, calling Addiction, ‘a bio-psycho-socio-spiritual disease.’

Life Challenge calls it the ‘deceitful, ruthless and powerful ENEMY of the human race.’

ASAM Definition of Addiction:
Addiction is a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory and related circuitry. Dysfunction in these circuits leads to characteristic biological, psychological, social and spiritual manifestations.

To overcome this enemy and bring true transformation, Life Challenge employs a combination of various treatment approaches that addresses issues in the physical, mental, emotional, social & spiritual spheres of a person.

ASAM Definition for Effective Addiction treatment is the use of any planned, intentional intervention in the health, behavior, personal and/or family life of an individual suffering from alcoholism or from another drug addiction, and which is designed to enable the affected individual to achieve and maintain sobriety, physical, spiritual and mental health, and a maximum functional ability.