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What is addiction?

Addiction is the inability to abstain from something even if it brings negative consequences. Because addiction is so often misunderstood, many people look at it as a form of bad decision-making, poor habit control or moral failure. Someone who has never dealt with addiction might believe that a person addicted to drugs can simply decide not to engage in such behaviors through willpower. This is simply not true: anyone who is physically dependent or otherwise addicted to a substance can often not control their impulse to engage in using no matter how much willpower they normally have.

Is Addiction a Disease?

Even though it is commonly believed that addiction is a character flaw, the majority of modern behavioral and medical practitioners agree that drug and alcohol addiction is a disease. Chemical dependency plays a role in substance addiction. Medical science makes it possible to see how some drugs interact with parts of the body and brain, creating dependencies that become physical in nature. While emotional and mental triggers often lead to drug abuse, it is this physical dependency that can push the addiction further and further until it seems almost impossible to deal with.

While no one can make accurate predictions about whether someone will become addicted to drugs, there are factors that make some people more prone to addiction. These factors can include genetics, the person's demographics, environment and development. For example, early drug use can increase the risk of addiction, and living in a very stressful environment or among other drug users could trigger drug use that leads to addiction.

Almost no one would recommend that you deal with a chronic illness such as diabetes or cancer solely with positive thoughts and by working on your impulse control alone. Drug addiction is another type of chronic disease, and it's often impossible to break the cycle and treat yourself without professional intervention.

For more information about the treatment options available for the disease of addiction, call us today at (877) 392-3342. Our counselors take phone calls 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and every call is free and confidential.

What is a Substance Abuse Disorder?

A substance abuse disorder can be present with or without a physical dependency. SAMSHA notes that a substance abuse disorder occurs when someone continues to use drugs or alcohol to a level that impairs functionality in one or more life categories. Usually, the impairment occurs in social or family relationships, health, work or school.

Substances that can be abused in this fashion, according to the diagnostic manual used by clinical professionals in the United States, include alcohol, tobacco, cannabis, stimulants, hallucinogens, opioids and other drugs. Some of these substances are more traditionally "addicting" than others, but if someone is using any of them to the degree that other parts of their life are being negatively affected, then treatment might be warranted.

Dual Diagnosis: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Problems

A dual diagnosis entails the presence of both a mental health issue and a substance addiction. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration calls this situation a co-occurring diagnosis and suggests that the best rate of success in treatment comes when the two issues are not separated completely. In fact, since dual diagnosis issues were identified in the 1980s, practitioners have discovered that they are often so related that treating the chemical dependency and mental illness separately does little good for long-term recovery.

Treatment for co-occurring diagnosis can vary, depending heavily upon the person being treated and how the multiple diagnoses relate. It's very possible that mental health issues such as depression or anxiety were caused by drug use and addiction. It's also equally possible that pre-existing mental health issues – including both depression and anxiety – could be factors that led to drug use. While both of these situations lead to the same outcome, the factors and triggers are very different and treatment would need to take that into account.

Our professional medical teams and counselors are experienced at helping individuals with all types of dual diagnoses, and we've worked with people to break away from almost every type of addictive substance imaginable. We start by understanding your unique situation and working with you to create a viable treatment plan that increases your chance of success with recovery and long-term sobriety.

For more information about how professional help can help you achieve a drug-free lifestyle, call us today at (877) 392-3342. We know addiction can be an isolating, frightening condition, and we know there's a chance people in your life have judged you or turned away from you because of addiction. We are here right now to answer your call with caring, non-judgmental and confidential advice on how you can take the next step toward recovery.

How Can an Inpatient Addiction Treatment Center Help?

Inpatient treatment is the more widely recommended option for treating a substance abuse disorder or addiction. While you might at first shy away from inpatient treatment because you think it will interrupt your life or career, think about this: if left untreated, your drug addiction is going to interrupt your life and career in much more dangerous ways.

You might lose your job, end up dealing with legal issues or lose your friends and family if you don't seek treatment for your addiction. Even if you've already lost some of these things, you haven't yet lost your life – a very real possibility when dealing with substance abuse. Seeking inpatient treatment today can help you protect your life in the future.

Inpatient treatment comes with a number of unique benefits. Being separated from your usual lifestyle and setting is helpful when you are trying to figure out what is driving your drug use and learn how to deal with it in a healthy manner. If you are physically dependent on drugs, inpatient facilities allow you constant access to medical staff and assistance when dealing with withdrawal symptoms. At The Treatment Center, we provide a calm, caring and professional atmosphere that makes you physically comfortable while you focus on your recovery.

We offer comprehensive treatment for substance use disorder, working with individuals who are struggling with a range of drugs. We treat people with addictions to all of the following drugs and substances:

Best Practices: Methods of Treating Addiction

Because each person’s situation is different, we offer a variety of services in order to fulfill the unique treatment needs of each patient. Some of the treatment services we provide to individuals who are dealing with substance abuse disorders include:

Medically supervised detox that helps you battle your body's physical dependency on a substance so you can concentrate on mental, emotional and other aspects of recovery without suffering from severe withdrawal symptoms.

Various treatment options in inpatient, partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient settings to meet the needs of your addiction treatment and lifestyle.

Optional faith-based recovery programs that let you integrate your denominational and religious beliefs into recovery. We help you integrate worship services, pastoral counseling and even Bible study into treatment and recovery.

Court liaison programs that help you address legal matters that might be related to your chemical dependency.

Chronic pain management for those who are dealing with drug addictions but having a difficult time stopping use because of serious ongoing pain.

Dual diagnosis treatment programs that help you get off drugs while exploring healthy options for dealing with mental health issues.

Holistic therapies that help you understand how the entire body is integrated and how many choices can play a role in addiction recovery. We incorporate nutritional and fitness education, massage therapy and acupuncture as some optional treatment methods.

Aftercare programs, including individual and group counseling and 12-step programs to help you stay off of drugs once you exit inpatient or intensive outpatient treatment programs.

Family programs to treat the needs of the entire family, who often are confused or suffering when a loved one is addicted to drugs. We help educate family members and support them so that they can be a more viable form of support during your long-term recovery.

Teen treatment programs that are geared toward the needs of younger individuals and include continuing education so recovery doesn't come at an academic cost.

Don't wait until you lose everything to drug use. Call us today at (877) 392-3342 to learn more about our programs and how you can get help for your addiction.

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