What is addiction?
Addiction is a chronic medical disease that involves a dependency on substances like drugs and alcohol. You can also have an addiction to certain behaviors like gambling and sex.
Having an addiction increases the likelihood that you’ll engage in risky or reckless behaviors to get what you want regardless of the consequences. Addiction to drugs or alcohol can also increase your risk for long-term health complications and premature death.
Addiction is not about a lack of willpower or a character flaw. The disease involves complex brain changes that influence how you think, feel, and act. With the right treatment plan, you can learn to overcome an addiction.
When should I seek treatment for addiction?
Many people with an addiction have difficulties seeing the impact it has on their life. They stay in denial about their addiction issues and may not be willing to seek treatment on their own.
The team at The Marcann Group recommends considering treatment if your addiction causes:
- Frequent hospitalizations
- Loss of income
- Loss of relationships
- Difficulties meeting responsibilities
You can also benefit from addiction treatment services available at The Marcann Group if you try quitting drinking, using drugs, or stopping other activities on your own without success.
If you love someone with an addiction, you should gather a support system of friends and family to meet with your loved one about getting help. The team can provide guidance to help you stage a successful intervention.
What’s involved in treatment for addiction?
The Marcann Group team creates individualized treatment plans to address your unique needs and type of addiction. They offer a variety of outpatient addiction treatments to help you achieve a successful and long-lasting recovery.
Outpatient treatments for addiction can include:
Psychotherapy, or talk therapy, helps you recognize and better cope with the trauma and stressors of your past and present that play a role in addiction.
You may benefit from individual therapy sessions and family therapy to resolve conflicts surrounding your addictions with yourself and loved ones.
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
CBT is a type of psychological treatment that helps you identify unhealthy thinking patterns and behaviors. The therapy also gives you the tools to change negative patterns in your life that contribute to addiction.
Medications are available to reduce withdrawal symptoms from drugs and alcohol, so you can safely detox.
You may also benefit from medications to control anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues that occur along with addiction.
To schedule an addiction consultation, call The Marcann Group office nearest to you today or book an appointment online.