According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, addiction is defined as a chronic, relapsing disease that is characterized by compulsive drug seeking and use, despite harmful consequences. Addiction to alcohol or drugs is now considered a brain disease because alcohol and drugs change the brain—they change its structure and how it works. These brain changes can be long lasting, and can lead to harmful behaviors.
Addiction as Physical and Psychological Dependency
Addiction involves physical dependency. The chemicals released into the brain by drugs and alcohol actually change the way the brain works, until eventually it is hard for the brain to work without them. Someone who suddenly stops taking drugs or alcohol may experience withdrawal syndrome, which can be quite severe. At our medical detox facility in Abilene, Texas, our professional staff of nurses and physicians can help you begin the process of overcoming this physical dependency in a way that is safe and healthy.
Addiction is not only physical; it is also psychological. Addiction becomes a way of life, and drug abuse becomes inseparable from a closely interwoven web of habits, relationships, and coping mechanisms that perpetuate the cycle and lend their strength to the physical dependency on drugs. Recovery is not just about dealing with the body’s need for a certain chemical; true recovery addresses the underlying issues that exacerbate the disease. Our highly trained counselors help you begin to deal with the psychological components of addiction through a personalized drug and alcohol recovery plan. We offer invaluable education and resources that will give you the tools you need to forge a new way ahead.
Addiction is not a character flaw, and we don’t treat it that way. At Serenity House, we understand addiction and its physical, psychological and genetic aspects. If you feel you may have a problem with addiction, please call us today (866-795-4673) for a free screening.