People often think of addiction as a heroin or cocaine user who is completely dependent upon those substances. This is substance dependence.
But there are also additions to activities, such as gambling, eating, or even working. These are behavioral addictions.
Addiction can also develop from taking medications, such as opioid painkillers. This particular addiction takes the lives of 115 Americans every day.
When a person experiences addiction, they cannot control how they use a substance or partake in an activity. They need it to cope with life every day.
Last year in the U.S., addictions to alcohol, tobacco, illicit drugs, and prescription opioids cost the U.S. economy upward of $740 billion in costs for treatment, lost work, and the effects of crime.
Addiction vs. misuse
Sometimes people mix up the misuse of a substance with addiction, but they are not the same. You could define misuse of a substance as the incorrect, excessive, or non-therapeutic use of body- and mind-altering substances. But that doesn’t mean the user is addicted. Addiction is long-term inability to moderate or cease intake of those substances.
A heavy night of drinking could be construed as a person having a problem, even addiction, but not necessarily. If that were true the person would feel the need to consume alcohol regularly, alone, or at times of the day where the alcohol would impede on the regular activities of the person’s life.
There are different effective methods for treating addiction:
- Behavioral therapy and counseling
- Medication and drug-based treatment
- Medical devices to treat withdrawal
- Treating related psychological factors, such as depression
- Ongoing care to reduce the risk of relapse
Treating addiction is a big part of wheat we do at Monuments. As mentioned above, the addiction can also be tied to other issues such as depression or anxiety. Every patient is different.
If you think your son has an addiction, please call us at Monuments, (800) 559-1980. Let’s see if he would be a good candidate for our treatment approach.