Reframing the Addiction Debate
This site is a place to showcase and curate the most comprehensive and pressing information for understanding addiction, aiming specifically to disseminate the three key reasons why addiction forms and persists within an individual:
I Early Childhood Adversity - how trauma from both neglect and abuse affects the development of the brain and the nervous system, amplifying the stress response across a lifetime.
II Dominance of Habits - how operant conditioning reinforces behaviour: the 'cue, routine, reward' circuitry becomes more automatic the more a behaviour is repeated.
III Hyper Individualist Society - how both competition and isolation from others leave the brain in absence of the conditions required for healthy neurotransmitter activity (that keeps us happy.)
Addiction is caused by a combination of these three things, and therefore looking at each of them should become the objective of treating addiction and preventing it from taking lives all across the globe. By taking a look at what's happening inside the addicted mind as well as at the society that creates it, RtAD will consistently update its readers on the hard facts being discovered about one of the world's largest and most misunderstood crises.
Each blog post, article, and interview found on RtAD will serve to inform readers of the research centred on the above topics, showcasing the realities of addiction and the addiction science being ignored by the current model of rehab and medication. In addition RtAD will offer commentary, words of compassion for its readers and their families, and relatability through stories from the field: from real people who experience addiction, or others who are trying to heal an addicted society.
In particular, RtAD aims to get the public away from the heavily outdated but commonly held belief that addiction is the fault of the addicted individual. Whether this is the Left-wing theory that addiction is simply genetically determined, or the Right-wing assertion that addiction is merely a lack of morals or willpower, both are flawed and fail to address what's really going on. Research that looks deeper than these two belief systems is abundant but rarely penetrates these strong and long-held beliefs.
Feel free to take a look around or contact RtAD for any reason.