Many horror film critics suggest that monsters are not as scary once you’ve come to understand them. The same is true when facing the monster of addiction and its affiliate monsters. During this article, we’ll peel back the mask of a monster known as “comorbidity.”
In the context of the issues we address at Desert Solace, comorbidity is when two or more disorders or illnesses exist simultaneously — or consecutively — within the same individual.
Comorbidity also implies that there are interactions that occur between the illnesses that can compound and exacerbate the conditions of each. But to be clear, the comorbid relationship does not necessarily suggest that the one disorder caused the other.
But we want to make sure you understand that there is a common connection between sexual addiction and substance abuse and addiction. For example, cases are somewhat common where an individual who is a cocaine addict compulsively views Internet pornography while high, because doing either activity separately is just not as effective anymore to the individual.
A significant amount of research — numerous studies, in fact — document the comorbidity of sex addiction and other types of addictions.
The DSM-V indicates that many addictions have a similar structure. And in the 1987 book, “Craving for Ecstasy: The Chemistry and Consciousness of Escape,” the authors assert that all addictions access certain neuropathways that they compare to “rivers in the mind.” In essence, addictions seem to flow together down the same channels of the brain.
It was the former director of the National Institute for Drug Abuse, Arnold Leshner, who famously described addictions as a “hijacking of the brain.” Leshner also said addictions are brain diseases that manifest as compulsive behavior.
The author of the controversial book, “Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience,” wrote: “Almost any activity can become addictive in the sense that, instead of being a conscious choice, it becomes a necessity that interferes with other activities.” He said the addicted individual becomes captive to a certain kind of order.
The fact is, lone addictions are becoming rarer and rarer. Many individuals who suffer from addiction are, in fact, suffering from the comorbidity of two or more disorders.
But Desert Solace is a place of renewal, and we want you to know that there is hope! We are proud to offer a unique program where he help people to break free from their addiction cycle so they can finally turn their lives around once again. Please call 435-817-1351 to schedule your free consultation today. We would love to help you.