Lakewood Addiction Therapy
Addiction is a condition that results when a person ingests a substance (for example, alcohol, cocaine, nicotine) or engages in an activity (such as gambling, sex, shopping) that can be pleasurable but the continuation of which becomes compulsive and interferes with ordinary responsibilities and concerns, such as work, relationships, or quality of life. Addicts can feel out of control. Their actions often cause problems for themselves and others.
One definition of addiction describes physical dependency. This is a biological state in which the body adapts to the presence of a drug so that drug no longer has the same effect. Another form of physical addiction is the phenomenon of craving by the brain to substances. This craving will cause an alcoholic walking into a bar to feel an extra pull to have a drink.
Most addictive behavior is not related to physical dependency. People commonly use drugs, gamble, or shop compulsively in response to stress. Since these behaviors are not based on dependency or craving, they can account for why people frequently switch from one drug to a completely different kind of drug, or even to a non-drug behavior. The substance or compulsive habit of choice isn’t what matters. The underlying cause of stress that leads to compulsive behavior is what matters. Treatment requires an understanding of how to reduce the impact of stress in a healthy manner.
Is Addiction Therapy Right for You?
When referring to addiction it is important to recognize that it is not simply a search for pleasure. It has nothing to do with one’s morality or strength of character. These are only a couple of myths about addiction. Have any myths prevented you from getting the help you need? If you are ready to get on the road to recovery Schedule an Appointment today!