The commonly held belief is that there are various forms of addiction, which include chemical dependency (alcoholism and substance use) and process addictions, which include sex and love addiction, gambling addiction, technology addiction and others. Addiction, in this presentation, is seen an obsessive/compulsive disorder with a specific disease model. This presentation will explore how addiction manifests in various forms and that cross-addictions or process addictions are really part of the same disease of addiction. The neurobiology of addiction will be presented as evidence of this hypothesis. This presentation challenges organizations to view addiction as one disease and to concurrently treat all of the manifestations of that disease.
Upon completion of this session, attendees will be able to:
Discuss historical definitions of various forms of addiction.
Describe the neurobiology of addiction, emphasizing that all “forms” of addiction originate in the same areas of the brain.
Recognize that addiction is one disease with various manifestations and that treatment should address the disease vs. the symptoms.