Addiction is an inability to stop using a substance or engaging in a behavior even though it is causing psychological and physical harm, strain relationships, inhibit daily activities and has harmful effects on daily living. This term not only refer to dependence on substances such as heroin or cocaine, but also includes inability to stop partaking in activities such as gambling, eating, sexual behaviors or working.
The American Society of Addiction Medicine defines addiction as “a treatable, chronic medical disease involving complex interactions among brain circuits, genetics, the environment, and an individual’s life experiences. People with addiction use substances or engage in behaviors that become compulsive and often continue despite harmful consequences.” Unfortunately, addiction can take over, increase poor decision-making and reduce self-control, self-respect and self-esteem.
Addiction treatment is highly personalized, often requires the support of the individual’s community or family which varies from person to person. However, behavioral and cognitive therapy have proven to be effective. When you are ready and want help with your addiction, we are here to walk alongside out of the dark pit and into hope-filled light.