Drug Addiction is a Disease
Substance abuse is a disease and at BrightView treatment centers we treat it like one.
It isn’t about a lack of willpower. Addiction is a chronic, progressive and potentially fatal disease, but there are effective substance abuse treatment programs. At BrightView treatment facilities, our outpatient program uses medication-assisted drug addiction treatment counseling and therapy, social support, group therapy, and case management to help you overcome it and achieve long-term sobriety.
Recognizing that you may have a drug abuse problem isn’t easy, but admitting there’s a problem is the first step to recovery.
Answering “yes” to any of the following could indicate a substance use disorder and that you should consult a health care provider for further evaluation and guidance on effective treatment options:
Do You Have An Addiction?
Do you use the substance/engage in the behavior more often than you used to?
Do you have withdrawal symptoms when you don’t use it/engage in it?
Have you ever lied to a loved one, employer, or family member about your drug use or the extent of your behavior?
Reward and Tolerance
Illicit drugs and addictive behaviors create a shortcut in your brain’s reward system by flooding it with large amounts of dopamine. Over time your brain changes to receive less pleasure from those same addictive drugs or behaviors. As dopamine affects you less and less, it takes even more to achieve the same “high,” which is called tolerance. This is true for all types of addiction including alcohol addiction, opioid addiction, and prescription drug abuse.
At this point, compulsion takes over. Even if you can’t get the same pleasure from the addictive drugs or behaviors, you still remember when you did. And those memories help create a conditioned response—an intense craving—whenever you encounter something that reminds you of that pleasure. Not only can cravings contribute to addiction, but they can cause relapse even after achieving sobriety. This is why choosing an effective drug treatment program with ongoing follow-ups and support is so important.
Recovery is Possible
In most cases, an outpatient treatment plan that includes a combination of individual therapy, social support groups and ongoing care with evidence-based medication-assisted therapy provides the best results. Understanding and managing this chronic disease is an important part of relapse prevention. This approach to addiction treatment saves lives.
Outpatient and Intensive Outpatient Programs
Our Outpatient and Intensive Outpatient Programs help patients manage their symptoms, understand their addiction, and begin the road to recovery.
See why BrightView is a new kind of addiction treatment center, one that can help you reach recovery and live the life you deserve.