The most recent solution for the extremely deadly form of cancer, melanoma results in a change to the immune system which allows the immune system to recognize, target and attack the cancer. Otherwise melanoma cancer grows unchecked until death.
Undoubtedly you have heard that “Substance Use Disorder” (SUD) is a relapsing, chronic disease much like diabetes. Without the recognition of the relapsing nature of the disease, and identifying the stimuli which prompt relapse, addiction often grows unchecked through a progression of hospitals, institutions and death.
The opportunity to choose between addiction and recovery is episodic and fleeting. Due to forebrain, executive function impairment, rationality and self-control are compromised. The alcoholic/ addict loses their capacity to choose. The alcoholic/ addict often fails to recognize impending danger to the health and well-being of their loved-ones and themselves caused by their disease.
Once drug and alcohol use has been arrested, the alcoholic/ addict may begin to recognize the symptoms of addiction and identify craving or aversive stimuli which can lead to relapse. Self-monitoring assists the alcohol/ addict watch for emotional, mental and behavioral cues which indicate the development of recovery skills and gains, or a return to alcohol/ drug use. Through cognitive, behavioral and social exercises relapse prevention can be practiced.