Treating Addiction as a Chronic Disease

jamaA new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that treating addiction with chronic care management may not be as effective as once thought. Researchers followed more than 560 adults with various substance abuse problems over a period of one year. At the 12 month mark, abstinence rates for those receiving chronic care management (44%) compared to those who did not (42%) were not significantly different at the time of follow-up.

Although there are many more factors that go into solving addiction on an individual level, the study results were shocking to many doctors who believe addiction should be treated as a chronic disease since it is classified as one.

There are plenty of theories as to when, why and how some people recover from addiction – ranging from effectiveness of treatment modality, to readiness and determination of the individual to quit, and even simply continuing to mature as a person and through life’s experiences. Sometimes it could be a combination of all of these and more, or it may be a completely different reason altogether.

Rather than focusing on the illness on a physical or genetic level, we work with our clients to achieve physical health while emphasizing the ability for people to solve problems through Mind, Consciousness and Thought. By recognizing root perceptions and reactions, we are able to help people regain control over their thoughts, and thus their actions as well.

The study mentioned above shows that while there may be some good results, traditional systems uniformly applied don’t necessarily dictate human behavior and outcomes.

If you would like more information about how learning the Three Principles can help someone end addiction forever, contact us at Gulf Breeze Recovery today. Call our toll-free number 1-855-485-3273 to speak with one of our counselors now.

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