Addiction is a Disease
Addiction is a disease and at BrightView we treat it like one.
It isn’t about a lack of will power. Addiction is a chronic, progressive and potentially fatal disease, but there is effective medical treatment. At BrightView, we use medication-assisted treatment, counseling and therapy, social support and case management to help you overcome it and achieve long-term sobriety.
Do You Have an Addiction?
Recognizing that you may have an addiction 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 problem with addiction and that you should consult a health care provider for further evaluation and guidance:
Do you use the substance/engage in the behavior more often than you used to?
Do you get withdrawal when you don’t use it/engage in it?
Have you ever lied to anyone about your use of the substance/the extent of your behavior?
Reward and Tolerance
Addictive drugs and 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.
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.
Recovery is Possible
In most cases, the combination of individual therapy, social support and ongoing care with evidence-based medication-assisted therapy provides the best results. Understanding and managing this chronic disease helps us minimize relapses and their impact. This approach to addiction treatment saves lives.
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