Addiction remains a highly controversial subject, despite the fact that innumerable scientific studies point unquestionably to the fact that substance dependency is indeed a diagnosable disease of the brain. Many who lack firsthand experience with the subject still believe that addiction is a matter of weak will and frail moral standing – a choice that individuals consciously make. If you have suffered through the devastation of addiction yourself, you know this is far from the truth. After a while, all matter of choice is completely eliminated.
Drug rehabilitation (often drug rehab or just rehab) is a term for the processes of medical or psychotherapeutic treatment, for dependency on psychoactive substances such as alcohol, prescription drugs, and street drugs such as cocaine, heroin or amphetamines. The general intent is to enable the patient to cease substance abuse, in order to avoid the psychological, legal, financial, social, and physical consequences that can be caused, especially by extreme abuse. Treatment includes medication for depression or other disorders, counseling by experts and sharing of experience with other addicts. Some rehab centers include meditation and spiritual wisdom in the treatment process.