My exdp and I fell apart after 6 years due to his drug addition. Me leaving put him on an even greater path to destruction and now, thankfully, he's half way through a year long stint in rehab. He's been clean for over 7 months and he's a totally different person.
But I do believe that addiction is always there, it's in all of us, some more than others and for different things from food addictions and rage responses to narcotics and alcohol. Substance abuse is just a coping mechanism and the best we can hope for for those we know with unhealthy addictions is that they find the help they need to reprogram their coping defense mechanisms to something more grounded and productive.
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Addiction is one of the most difficult mental health diseases to cure. We think it's partly because the majority of changes that occur are neurological, meaning they occur at a physical and chemical level. Even if someone is in therapy/attends group therapy for years and is "cured", the therapy doesnt treat the changes that have occured at a neurological level. In a sense, a recovered addict's brain will continue to work against them, thinking that it's still "addicted." We have only worked this out in the past decade or so, and there is some very new treatments being developed to target re-wiring the brain.
I spose that's a long winded way of saying that there is a physical reason that addiction is a life-long battle for many with high rates of relapse. Hopefully the next decade will change that.
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