What is Addiction?

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What is an addiction? How does an addiction begin? When does the pattern of behavior become an addiction? Some individuals may be able to use a substance or engage in a behavior periodically over a period of years without becoming addicted. Other individuals are not capable of stopping and become addicted. Addicts will pursue their addiction with a pathological obsession despite any adverse consequences.

Are addictions only in certain social, educational or ethnic groups? Absolutely not! There is no such thing as a typical addict. Addicts are as diverse as the human population. They come in all colors, all belief systems, all ages, and all economic levels. You cannot even classify an addict by the age in which they became addicted; addiction can start at any point in someone’s life. It just depends on the circumstances that lead to the addiction.

Drug dependence is one of the most difficult habits to break. The withdrawals are massively debilitating both on the body and soul. You may know that it’s time to stop the cycle; you may have been telling yourself this for years. Your body may be telling you that it’s come to the end of its ability to deal with the drugs it craves, but how do you stop when you can’t even start the day without the substance you crave? Stopping is not an easy undertaking; in fact it is such an enormously difficult thing to do that trying to stop your habit without the help of trained medical staff could endanger your life.

Have faith, addiction can be beaten, you can break free; drug rehab can get you free of your addiction. Your first step is to make a commitment to yourself to get free; your second step may be detox.


Detox is just a step in your journey to freedom, but it’s an important step. The detox process will remove all of the drugs and toxins from your body. This in turn will help you to beat your cravings.

There have been several articles written on Detoxing at home and you may have considered that this could be a good option. Seems simple right? That is the furthest thing from the truth. Don’t let anyone sway you into believing that this can be done on your own without medical assistance, the results could be deadly. You should never attempt to Detox on your own.

You’ve probably seen movies where an actor goes through the motions of detoxifying and it doesn’t look like fun does it? For the actor it may be somewhat painful to go through the contortions to make it look real, but the actor isn’t feeling any of the sensations of withdrawal. At the end of the scene that actor gets up and continues with the day.

In real withdrawal you’ll need medical supervision to help you avoid the dangerous symptoms, in real withdrawal you could experience tremors, seizures, puking, hallucinations, fever and even cardiac arrest.

Detox, like every step of your journey from dependence is personalized to your specific needs. Detox is not a one size fits all process; it has everything to do with what you are addicted to, how long you have been addicted and your physical and emotional health. Different substances have very different paths to freedom. When you enter a treatment center you will be given an assessment, after which a treatment plan will be developed that takes into effect your physical, emotional and psychological needs. The right program can help you manage your physical withdrawals symptoms and provide you with the medical assistance that you need. Additionally your personalized detox program will take into account any psychological or any medical conditions you may have.

There are a variety of factors involved in designing a detox program. The most important factor is you; it’s your own determination to be free of the addiction and to complete the program successfully. Without your determination the odds of succeeding are slim at best.

Are you considering whether you or a loved one should get help with a dependency problem? The first step on this journey is a reputable detox facility. Here are a few things to consider when choosing your treatment center.

  • Program quality
  • Training and education of facility staff
  • Location
  • Rate of success
  • Types of services offered
  • One-on-one addiction counseling
  • Dual diagnosis treatment
  • Court liaison program
  • Group therapy
  • Relapse prevention
  • Pain management program
  • Holistic treatments
  • Aftercare services
  • Alumni support

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