Despite the fact that addiction is, at its heart, a disease, many people have their own misconceptions about substance abuse and the people they deem "addicts" or "junkies." All too often, these ideas can actually prevent friends and family members from truly recognizing the signs of a substance abuse problem in the people they love. Drug problems, alcoholism – these are all issues that affect other people, right?
At Fairwinds Treatment Center, we know all too well that substance abuse can take hold among people of all ages and backgrounds. There is no mold for addiction. With that in mind, we want to empower people in Florida to recognize the signs of addiction in loved ones and themselves, so they can seek the help they need at a drug treatment center. Recently, researchers from the University of Zurich in Switzerland unearthed a new aspect of cocaine addiction that could influence identification and treatment.
According to a press release published by ScienceDaily, scientists found that cocaine users may actually take less pleasure in social situations and personal connection in general.
"Cocaine users perceive social exchange as less positive and rewarding compared to people who do not use this stimulant," said psychologist Boris Quednow, one of the study leaders.
This form of addiction may affect an individual's sense of empathy and their overall social skills, so the researchers noted that drug treatment centers may need to focus on this behavioral shift to facilitate a full recovery. At Fairwinds Treatment Center, we combine therapeutic care with medical treatment to unearth underlying psychological issues that may either fuel an addiction or impair recovery. Contact us today to learn more.