Posted by Monika Speitelsbach on Nov 11, 2019
Jim Robertson works in the field of addiction. It can be challenging work for the professional and challenging to those not impacted by addiction to understand the complexities. 
 
The brain of a person with addiction is different from non-addicted. A show of force would likely stop someone from consuming a substance. To an addict a show of force may simply be interpreted as non-credible and worth the risk to achieve the high even if the results are fatal.
 
Addiction is any mood-altering experience that has life damaging consequences. Mood altering substances range from alcohol to cannabis to opioids to solvents.  Interesting that with the legalization of cannabis many industries have not caught up with the law. As a result, many employers are struggling with employees using on the job.
Maybe less reported in traditional media are process addictions such as: social media; relationships; codependency; performance (workaholic); cults; gambling; food; sex; compulsive spending.
 
Signs that someone may be addicted: blackouts; sneakiness; preoccupation with the addiction; hurried ingestion; avoiding discussion; loss of memory; loss of control over use; rationalizing use; reproof by significant others.
 
Jim explained the continuum of substance disorder:
A person seeks pleasure or relief and as usage continues, they become dependent.
However, eventually a tolerance is created, and the person cannot consume enough of the drug to create the desired euphoria. The consumption is now more about functioning to avoid depression.
There are major influences including: genetic predisposition; trauma and abuse; major life stressors; early and continuous use. Once the brain is “hard wired” it can no longer return to previous functioning. The course of treatment is abstinence from all mood-altering substances and process behaviors.
 
So, what has Jim learned?
But there is hope!   Jim remains positive that through professional services and commitment it is possible to manage this beast.
The American Society of Addiction Medicine outlines the level of care placement from early intervention through to medically managed intensive patient services. Help is available. If you have any questions about addiction counselling, you can reach out to Jim or contact Axis Intervention Services at: 778 753 6227.