Rather than treat the sometimes underlying causes, or having people suffer through pain, more and more people turn to medication to function. Chronic pain and disease such as asthma, diabetes, heart conditions, obesity, HIV, autoimmune disorders are examples of challenges that without proper medication it would be difficult to survive and thrive. In addition, several mental disorders and illnesses that people live with when off their medication wreak havoc in their lives. Certainly, having access to medication is imperative for millions of people, but then does it go too far?
Drug dependency of any kind starts when the brain adjusts to the levels of the chemical compounds and then needs more to function at the same level. The little wires which the brain has for thought processing, called neuropathways, become “rewired” and start seeking the substance. In turn, this causes an immediate reaction to the need for the chemical balance, which becomes the behavior of addiction. It has little or nothing to do with “willpower” as once the brain becomes hardwired to need a chemical, without being completely locked away from it, a person will go to any length to obtain the substance.
Most people want to get off of drugs as an intellectual idea but find that they simply cannot be due to the drive the neuropathways have over their brain. Brain receptors that seek hormones such as dopamine are incredibly strong, and when they become dependent upon increasing the levels, a radical reversal such as medically controlled drug rehab and treatment is often the answer. People just can’t do it alone optimally.