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What is Addiction?

Addiction means the inability to abstain from something even if there are negative consequences of using, ingesting or doing the thing in question. People can be addicted to substances, feelings, actions and processes. Some things people have been addicted to included drugs, alcohol, various types of food, sex, gambling and adrenaline-related activities.

Because addiction is so often misunderstood, many people look at it as a type of bad decision-making or poor habit control. Someone who has never dealt with addiction might believe that a person addicted to drugs or gambling can simply decide not to engage in such behaviors if only they had more will power. This is simply not true: anyone who is physically dependent or otherwise addicted to something can often not control their impulse to engage in that behavior no matter how much will power they normally have.

Is addiction a disease?

What is Addiction?At The Outpatient Center, we do believe that addiction is a disease process, and this belief is supported by the vast majority of modern behavioral and medical practitioners. In cases where someone is addicted to a behavior, such as gambling, science still doesn't fully understand how the action works on the brain, body and emotions, but most scientists agree there is an interaction that often supports the addiction.

Chemical dependency is actually much easier to understand in this regard. Medical science makes it possible to view 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, medical science believes that genetics account for around 50 percent of the reason someone might become addicted to drugs. Other factors can include 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 oneself without professional intervention.


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What is a substance abuse disorder?

A substance abuse disorder can be present with or without a physical dependency or addiction. 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

what-is-addiction3.pngA dual diagnosis is a type of medical diagnosis that involves the presence of both a mental health issue and a chemical dependence. 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.

How a co-occurring diagnosis is treated depends heavily upon the person being treated and how the multiple diagnoses are related. 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.

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. Know that we won't judge you and that we're here right now to answer your call with caring, 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 or make it obvious to those around you that you are dealing with a drug dependency, think about this: If left unchecked, 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 benefits that no other method does. Yes, you interrupt your life and are isolated from it, but that's often a benefit 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 let you have constant access to medical staff and assistance when dealing with the withdrawal period. At The Outpatient Center, we provide a calm, caring and professional atmosphere that makes you physically comfortable while pushing you appropriately to face your addiction.

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

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. If you find your faith to be a present foundation for comfort, then 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 recovery 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 drug addictions. 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.

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