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A clinical view of addiction

posted Aug 28, 2020, 11:36 AM by Dr. Curtis Cripe
Of the many problems that we need to face out there, addiction has become quite the kind foe that is not to be taken lightly. Dr. Curtis Cripe shares his take on the matter with a more clinical view of addiction.

Addiction is a complex condition, which is characterized by a person’s habitual desire to use a substance despite knowing of the harmful consequences it brings. The experts see addiction as a disease of the brain.

It so happens that there are some people who have mental disorders even with a normal lifestyle. If such a person goes into drugs, this could further activate the mental disorder and make things worse by way of impairment in judgement and decision-making, along with some loss in cognitive functions.

There are also those who try drugs out of curiosity and, all of a sudden, this causes a mental disorder. This then has a compounding effect that traps the individual in a vicious cycle, making him hooked on the substance for the long haul.

Dr. Curtis Cripe notes that addicts are after the feeling of pleasure, relief from stress, and even enhancement of performance, which makes drug addiction very hard to contend with. Over time, the addict develops a tolerance for the substance, and they eventually need increasingly higher doses of drugs just to get his high.

An addict is often seen as one who belongs to the lowest class of society. It’s not uncommon for addicts to lose their loved ones and their friends, and get deeper into substance abuse with all that isolation from the world. Sadly, society tends to look down on them too. Perhaps, if addiction were to be more understood in the clinical sense, then addicts would be seen as victims in need of help, rather than criminals who deserve to be punished.

With a diverse professional and academic background behind him, Dr. Curtis Cripe, and the NTL Group have developed several neuroengineering diagnostic and treatment programs for neurological dysfunctions such as addiction and learning disorders. For more information, visit this page.