Addiction & Substance Abuse

A person stares at a pile of pills and wonders if they need help from substance abuse treatment programsAddiction is a disease that affects millions of people. Yet, very few actually seek treatment for it. Also known as substance abuse, addiction is defined as a medical and/or mental condition characterized by uncontrollable and overwhelming engagement in the seeking out of certain stimuli. This behavior is consistent and continually progressive regardless of the known and/or negative consequences. These negative consequences can be exacerbated when the addiction is to drugs or alcohol.

Who Addiction Affects

Substance abuse and addiction are diseases that do not see race, religion, sex, financial or societal standing. Addiction can affect anyone at anytime. Genetics, environment and medical history can also play a direct role. Mental health is also a large factor in addiction, as many people start using addictive substances out of PTSD or incurred trauma. Some people end up addicts completely by accident using legally obtained medications prescribed by their trusted doctors and physicians. Addiction also affects more than the addict themselves. A person’s addiction can affect their friends, family, community, and loved ones. It’s becoming more and more evident that an effective treatment plan includes family integration and therapy. If the family is included in addiction rehab they can learn more about their loved one’s disease, become a supportive pillar to the addict, and begin to mend and heal in their own way.

Treatment Options

If you or a loved one is suffering from addiction or substance abuse, it is imperative that you seek treatment immediately. You are not alone and help is available. There are many different types of addiction treatment and rehab options available, depending on the level of care that is needed. Types of treatment may include a stay at an inpatient detox unit. This will help you or your loved one manage withdrawal symptoms. A 30, 60 or 90 day stay at an inpatient or residential program is also a very common route taken for treatment. It’s cost-effective and can show positive outcomes for long-term sobriety. There are also options such as PHP, sober living or intensive outpatient. These addiction treatment options are less time intensive and more transitional.

Addictive Substances

Below is a listing of commonly abused drugs and substances, including alcohol, cocaine, heroin, opioids, prescriptions medication and others. Recovery Ways offers dual-diagnosis treatment and addiction rehab services for these substances. Being a dual-diagnosis group of facilities, we opt for a more holistic approach treating not only the addiction but also any associated mental health issues.