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What is Addiction? | Opioid Addiction Treatment Services

Addiction is the compulsive, physiological need for and use of a habit-forming substance that the user knows to be physically, psychologically, or socially harmful. Addiction is characterized by tolerance and by well-defined physiological symptoms upon cessation of abuse or the substance.

 

Substances that often lead to addiction include:

  • Street drugs or prescription pharmaceuticals
  • Nicotine
  • Alcohol

Addiction also comes in other forms and can be applied to certain behaviors that are carried out in excess:

  • Shopping
  • Dieting or overeating
  • Working
  • Drinking
  • Exercising
  • Smoking

Anyone can suffer from addiction. Addiction knows no boundaries and affects individuals regardless of gender, race, religion, profession or social class.

 

Scientific advances over the past 20 years have shown that drug addiction is a chronic, relapsing disease of the brain that results from the prolonged effects of drugs on the nervous system.  In addition, addiction has embedded behavioral and psycho-social aspects that are important parts of the disease itself. Thus, effective treatment must include physiological (i.e., medical) and psychological (i.e., behavioral) components.

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Q: How do you treat someone with an addiction?

Behavioral Health Group provides opiate addiction treatment services in an outpatient setting. There are two essential aspects to treatment Medication-assisted treatment using methadone, the “gold standard” for treating serious opioid addiction, to combat the physical effects of the addiction. The patient's physical addiction must be stabilized first in order to begin effective behavioral therapy.   […]

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Words From Our Patients:

During the past six months Methadone Maintenance Treatment has helped me out a lot. I have been able to accomplish a lot more and save a lot of money. The staff, especially my counselor, has been great about helping me deal with personal issues. This is a great treatment facility and I would not have […]

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