No one sets out to become addicted, but self-medicating to relieve physical pain, unresolved emotional trauma, or mental health issues can lead to everything from drug or alcohol abuse to gambling, gaming, or sexual addiction.
Types of Addiction
- Alcohol Addiction – The most severe form of a drinking problem, alcohol addiction has all of the symptoms of alcohol abuse with the addition of a physical dependence on drinking. If a person physically or mentally relies on alcohol to function, he or she is considered an alcoholic. Alcohol addiction and alcohol abuse can both affect all aspects of a person’s life, eventually creating serious health problems, damaging your education or career, and destroying relationships.
- Drug Addiction – What may start out as seemingly harmless recreational drug use, may in time develop into a compulsive and uncontrollable habit. As prolonged drug use continues, it can easily develop into an addiction, changing a person’s brain chemistry, demanding more of the same substance for a lesser “high,” and negatively impacting all areas of your life.
- Gambling Addiction – One recent study estimates that 15-20 million adults in the United States engage in problem gambling. Unlike with alcohol and drug addiction, no substance is introduced into the body, but gambling addiction can wield just as much power over a person, leaving you to face serious consequences.
- Prescription Addiction – – Even legal prescription medications can lead to addiction when taken for extended periods, in increasing quantities, or when not needed. Prescription addiction, frequently involving opioids, has become an epidemic in big cities and small towns. A recent study shows that 52 million people in the US have used prescription drugs non-medically in their lifetime.
- Sex Addiction – Sex can be a healthy part of life for most people, but it becomes a problem for those who continue to engage in sexual behavior despite financial problems, potential arrest, health risks, or broken relationships. The condition can destroy relationships and cause an individual to feel enslaved by their own sexual thoughts and acts.
Achieving Lasting Recovery
Addiction recovery must be addressed one step at a time. Getting sober and completing a treatment program is one of the first major steps in the recovery process, but you have to remain committed to your recovery. Even after successful treatment, the recovery process can be challenging. Do you have the tools necessary to maintain your sobriety amid the normal highs and lows of daily life?
The Meadows Outpatient Centers offer a full range of outpatient services for adults dealing with addiction, trauma, and other behavioral health conditions. We provide the same level of clinical excellence and integrity found at Meadows inpatient programs, but with outpatient flexibility. Some patients may have completed a Meadows inpatient program and are ready to “step down” to a lower level of care. Others may begin outpatient treatment without requiring a higher level of care. Every individual’s current issues and circumstances are taken into consideration to be sure they are offered the safest and most appropriate program for their clinical needs.