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What is Addiction?

Addiction is a complex, but treatable disease. Addiction does not mean that a person needs or feeds their addiction daily, or that they suffer withdrawal symptoms when without drugs or alcohol. Many addicted people do not use drugs or alcohol daily and do not experience physical withdrawal when they stop using. Addicted Individuals are most often employed, and appear to be normal functioning members of society. Addiction commonly affects the entire family and/or workplace of the Addicted Individual. The addiction affects the brain of the Addicted Individual in a way that friends, family and colleagues may feel as if they have lost touch with their loved one, or as if the person is becoming a stranger. 

The proper treatment and care can work to alleviate addiction and help the Addicted Individual return to a high quality of life without being chemically dependent or abusing substances. Lacking the proper treatment, addiction is highly prone to relapse, often making loved ones and family members feel helpless. If the addiction stops, depending on the intensity of use, the functional damage to the brain can start to heal within 3-6 months. However, it is not fully complete until 2-5 years after stopping the addictive behavior. If the addiction does not stop, the functional damage will continue and become permanent. It is urgent to help the loved one get into recovery.

Common drugs known today to cause addiction include alcohol, illegal drugs and prescription medications. Addiction is not only addiction to drugs and alcohol (substances) but includes what we call the process addictions: gambling, gaming, Internet, pornography, sexual compulsive behavior, cybersex, love, eating disorders, overspending, shopping, debt and hoarding. All addictions can be destructive and fatal. Contact us now so that we can help.

"This is the most comprehensive approach to addiction treatment I have ever seen" - Dr. Shantelle Whitehead, Clinical Psychologist


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