Steps Recovery Centers

What is Addiction?



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Steps Recovery Center recognizes how vital the mind, body, and spirit are in their connection to the whole person. We take a holistic approach to treating those individuals with addiction, which includes treating the whole person, and find that it tends to be more successful, especially since addiction affects every aspect of a person’s life. With a customized and individualized program, a holistic approach just makes sense. It affords an opportunity to meet the patient’s physical and psychological needs and allows them to engage physically, emotionally, and mentally.

What is Addiction?

Addiction is a brain disease that manifests itself as the abuse of compulsive substance use, despite the harmful consequences. There are many types of addiction, from alcohol, drugs, gambling, or sex addiction. People with addiction have an intense focus on using these substances to the point that it rules their life.

What is Addiction

Addictive Substances

Many substances can cause harmful changes in how the brain functions. These changes can last long after the drug’s immediate effects—the intoxication, which is the intense pleasure, calm, and heightened senses or the high caused by the drug. People can develop an addiction to the following substances:

People use or abuse these drugs for several reasons that include a feeling of pleasure, to relieve stress, to do better or improve performance, and curiosity, and peer pressure. People who are addicted to the above-mentioned substances may be aware of their addiction, but may not be able to stop it.

Symptoms of Substance Use Disorder

Addiction can cause many health problems and is the leading cause of preventable illnesses and premature death. Symptoms of substance abuse are grouped into four categories:

Drug Addiction Treatment

There are effective treatments for addiction, but the first step on the road to recovery is to recognize there is a problem. Sometimes, when a person denies they have a problem, families and concerned friends may stage an intervention for prompt treatment—particularly if the addicted person is harming themselves or others. It’s important to get a physician’s assessment and diagnosis, then a treatment plan can be formulated, whether that means outpatient rehab, inpatient, or at-home treatment.

Rehabilitation often includes medications used to control drug cravings and therapy that can help addicted individuals understand their motivations and behavior, develop better self-esteem, cope with anxiety and stress, and address other mental problems.

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