How Immersion Defines Addiction
Immersion’s Clinical Philosophy:
At Immersion we have come to understand that addicts suffer from the mental obsession to use drugs, alcohol, and engage in other destructive behaviors. We define obsession as recurring, persistent thoughts that supersede, and do not respond to reason. Without a program of recovery, an addict will always be on the losing end of an internal negotiation to make good decisions around their addictive behaviors.
Untreated addiction is characterized by restlessness, irritability and discontent (RID), coupled with anxiety and frustration with the world at large. Abstinence alone is not recovery, as abstinence in the absence of a recovery program will inevitably lead back to active use.
The primary physical symptom of addiction is an abnormal reaction to mind and mood altering substances. We identify this as an allergy called the Phenomenon of Craving. This is an inward, overwhelming compulsion to use more substances once the first drug or drink is ingested. Very simply put: “Once I start, I cannot stop.” Or, “Once I start, I have very little control over what happens next.”
The Phenomenon of Craving is a distinct, pronounced, physiological reaction to the “first one” that is entirely unique to those that suffer from addictive disease. This abnormal reaction to drugs and alcohol is terminal, meaning there is no known cure. A period of abstinence does not remove this physical trait as addicts will find an inability to control their use even after a long period of sobriety.