Do you believe it is possible for the brain to recover completly after drug abuse?
That's not entirely true. Certain functions can be recovered thanks to the brain's natural ability to rewire itself. Brain damage can happen from trauma, lack of blood flow, a seizure...the extent of injury isn't determined.
One of these articles states that relapse is a natural part of recovery and I've heard others say this too. Again, they do not have a relapse prevention plan. There are signs of a relapse and ways of preventing them. Sometimes there are psychosocial factors. It's not all black and white.
@Eve Fritz oh, now I get it. THANK YOU for sharing an article.
@ayesha naymat It is probably one of the most important topics in our society right now. With drug abuse on the rise, and with new street drugs it's becoming unmanageable to epidemic levels, particularly around opiates. There are some drugs that just take things too far and burn holes in peoples brains and they probably aren't coming back from that unfortunately. I truly feel that some drugs just take their souls and no amount of a program or spiritual healing is going to bring them back.... very sad...
Given the cells change every 7 years I would say after long-long term recovery with extensive yoga and other forms of treatment it is entirely possible for the brain to create new neurons and neuronal pathways. Brains are adaptive organs.
Its a lot like how one would think about any traumatic brain I diet or brain damage, it depends on the extent of the damage done: https://www.flintrehab.com/is-traumatic-brain-injury-permanent/#:~:text=While%20damage%20to%20the%20brain,Is%20traumatic%20brain%20injury%20permanent%3F
@ayesha naymat I happen to know old timers in the program who have died sober. They worked a solid program and had a relapse prevention plan and a lot of support.
@ayesha naymat statistics are not always helpful. I will tell you this:
I have been sober 8 years and had one relapse. If I didn’t count that relapse which only lasted a half a day I would have had 13 years. Just because you relapse doesn’t mean you lose your sober time from before it just means you are honest about your relapse and learned from it. Food addicts relapse a lot. a little stress comes along next thing you know you bought a whole cake ! I’ve worked very closely with alcoholics and most of them have been great. They are not a glum lot and everything BIll W. has said about them is true in my experience with them. There are some bad apples, but there are also some very spiritually connected people in there that take their sobriety very seriously. They learn from their and others relapses, about what not to do etc. AA works for 30 percent, yet there are amazing stories of WWII or Vietnam or something and how soldiers overcame great trauma and did so with the help of the fellowship, the program, and a higher power. My suggestion if you want to hear for yourself, is to go to a meeting and listen to someone’s story or read the big book to real experiences Of success in sobriety.
@ayesha naymat I was also thinking too since we are on this topic, that most addicts and alcoholics also have a mental illness they are “self-medicating. ” Bipolar is common, along with schizophrenia, borderline personality disorder, PTSD, generalized anxiety disorder, depression, and adhd and the list goes on…
Yes. It's possible. It's going to need a lot of patience and time to recover from the effects of drug abuse. But it's quite possible.
No, taking drugs for longer period of time changes neuronal pathways. These pathways are responsible for how one acts. These changes can be minimum to maximum depends on the severity of addiction.
Yes, but it would require a long time and also undergo different processes.