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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: Is methadone related in any way to the “meth” that one sees in the news?

Absolutely not. Methadone is in no way related to “meth,” which is the nickname for methamphetamine. Methadone is a legal opioid produced by pharmaceutical companies for the relief of pain and for use in the treatment of opioid abuse. Methamphetamine – or “crystal meth” as it is commonly known – is a non-opioid, illegal stimulant […]

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Words From Our Patients:

Methadone treatment, for me, has been a blessing. If I had not been accepted into methadone treatment, my life would be in complete chaos. I truly believe because of this treatment, I am alive, have great relations with my family, have God in my life, and also have a beautiful son. More people need to […]

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