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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 your facilities determine the proper prescriptions or dose levels of methadone?

Methadone is a medication, and like all medications, proper dosing is contingent upon the patient's individual needs. Taken orally, methadone is rapidly absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract, appears in plasma 30 minutes after ingestion, and peaks one hour later. Methadone is also widely distributed to body tissues where it is stored and then released into […]

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Words From Our Patients:

Methadone Maintenance Treatment has saved my life. I don’t know where I would be without it. I have my quality of life back. My relationship with my family has greatly improved due to this. Before methadone, my life revolved around getting high and the next fix. That, unfortunately, was what was important. I wasn’t able […]

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