Addiction is a disease.

Anyone can become addicted. Addiction is the most common health problem in the U.S. It's the irresistible urge to use substances excessively to the point that it becomes destructive.

According to the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) the definition of addiction is a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory and related circuitry. Dysfunction in these circuits leads to characteristic biological, psychological, social and spiritual manifestations. This is reflected in an individual pathologically pursuing reward and/or relief by substance use and other behaviors.

The drug addiction definition is when you can't stop using drugs and alcohol and results in the impairment of behavioral control, cravings, diminished recognition of significant problems with your behaviors and personal relationships. Addiction can cause financial problems, loss of a job, loss of hobbies or interests, family problems, personality problems and physical weakening.

Like other chronic diseases, addiction often involves cycles of relapse and remission. Without addiction treatment or engagement in recovery activities, addiction is progressive and can result in disability or premature death.

Help for Addiction Treatment

The purpose of addiction treatment is to not only help individuals suffering from addiction to stop seeking and using drugs but also help them to stay drug-free. Addiction treatment provides individuals with a new way to think, feel and act as well as the ability to rebuild their life.

For the majority of people, the most effective addiction treatment plan is a long-term process that involves several interventions and continuous monitoring.

There are various steps involved in successful addiction treatment which include:

  • Step 1: detoxification
  • Step 2: behavioral counseling
  • Step 3: medication
  • Step 4: evaluation & treatment for co-occurring mental health issues
  • Step 5: long-term follow up to prevent relapse

Neil Kennedy Recovery Center believes in the philosophy that addiction requires an ongoing recovery process.