Addiction is a Primary Medical Brain Disease that is progressive and chronic if left untreated is often fatal. Why does one child develop addiction and the other does not?

  1. Exposure to schedule II medical substances like opioid pain killers
  2. Untreated or undertreated disorders like anxiety, ADHD, depression.

There are three criteria that is required for a “disorder” to become classified as a Primary Medical Disease.

  1. The condition must be detrimental to someone’s health and well being
  2. There must be a specific set of signs and symptoms for the disease
  3. There must be a specific medical test that when given is ALWAYS abnormal.

Addictions caused by chemical ingestion such as schedule II prescription opioids cause the frontal lobes of the brain to shut down. This reduced brain activity can be observed on a brain scan even when not under the influence of the root cause.