What Is Addiction?

Addiction is a complex journey that affects individuals and families in profoundly negative ways. At the heart of our substance abuse treatment center, we understand that addiction is not a choice, but a challenging condition that requires compassion, understanding, and tailored care. Whether you or a loved one is struggling with addiction, our dedicated team is here to offer support.

If you’re struggling with addiction, or have a loved one who needs help, Aliya Health Group can provide ongoing support and guidance throughout substance abuse recovery. Our goal is the same as yours — to help you achieve freedom from substance dependence. 

In this article, we’ll explain what addiction is and how to get help for addiction if you need it.

What Is Addiction?

Addiction is a complex issue that affects millions of people worldwide. It is characterized by a compulsive need to engage in a specific behavior or consume a substance despite negative consequences. The American Psychiatric Association (APA) defines addiction as “a state of psychological and/or physical dependence on the use of drugs or other substances, such as alcohol, or on activities or behaviors, such as sex, exercise, and gambling.”

Addiction can involve drugs, alcohol, gambling, video games, or even food. It is a chronic condition that can result in physical, mental, and social problems. Understanding the underlying causes and mechanisms of addiction is crucial for effective treatment and prevention strategies. With the right support and resources, individuals can recover from addiction and lead fulfilling lives.

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What Are the Different Kinds of Addiction?

Addiction encompasses a wide range of behaviors and substances, all of which can have profound effects on an individual’s physical, psychological, and social well-being. While the use of drugs and alcohol is often at the forefront of discussions about addiction, the scope is much broader, including various behaviors and activities that can become compulsive and detrimental.

Substance-related addictions are perhaps the most recognized, involving the abuse of alcohol, prescription medications, and illegal drugs. Alcohol addiction, also known as alcoholism, is characterized by an inability to manage drinking habits despite the negative impact on one’s life. Drug addiction includes dependence on substances such as opioids (heroin, fentanyl, prescription pain relievers), stimulants (cocaine, methamphetamine), cannabis, and hallucinogens, each presenting unique challenges and health risks.

Beyond substances, behavioral addictions also significantly impact individuals and their families.

Some common addictions include: 

Each type of addiction has its own set of triggers, consequences, and treatment approaches. For example, substance addictions may require detoxification and medical treatment, along with therapy, while behavioral addictions might be more focused on psychological interventions and developing healthier coping mechanisms. Regardless of the type, the goal of treatment is to help the individual regain control over their life, addressing not only the addiction itself but also any underlying issues that may contribute to the addictive behavior.

What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Substance Addiction?

Recognizing the signs and symptoms of substance addiction is crucial for early intervention and support. Addiction can manifest through a variety of physical, behavioral, and psychological symptoms, which can vary depending on the substance used, the duration of addiction, and individual factors.

However, there are common signs that could indicate someone is struggling with addiction:

Physical Signs: 

Behavioral Signs: 

Psychological Signs: 

Social and Financial Signs: 

Not everyone will experience the same symptoms or signs of addiction. It’s important to approach someone you suspect is struggling with addiction with empathy and concern rather than judgment. Encouraging them to seek professional help and offering support through their recovery process can make a significant difference. Addiction is a complex disease that requires comprehensive treatment, including detoxification, counseling, and sometimes medication, to overcome.

Are Addiction and Mental Health Related?

It is well-established that addiction and mental health are closely linked. Many individuals who struggle with addiction also experience co-occurring mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety, or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

The connection between addiction and mental health is often complex and can be influenced by genetic, environmental, and psychological factors. Treating both addiction and mental health simultaneously is critical for successful recovery. Integrated treatment approaches that address both conditions are the most effective in helping individuals overcome addiction and achieve long-term wellness.

Why Do People Fall Victim to Addiction?

Addiction is a complex condition that arises from an intricate interplay of risk factors, transcending the common associations with just drugs or alcohol. It’s a phenomenon that can manifest in various forms, encompassing not only substances but also behaviors like gambling, shopping, eating, or internet usage.

At its core, addiction is characterized by a compulsive engagement with certain activities or consumption of substances, despite the harmful consequences they may bring. This condition roots itself in the brain’s wiring, particularly in how it processes pleasure and reward. When an individual engages in an activity or uses a substance that stimulates the brain’s reward system, they may experience a sense of euphoria or relief from distress, which can lead to repeated use or behavior.

Cycle of Addiction

This cycle of seeking out and engaging in rewarding stimuli can alter the brain’s chemistry and functioning over time, making it increasingly difficult to abstain without help. Moreover, addiction does not discriminate; it can affect anyone, regardless of age, gender, socio-economic status, or background. Various factors contribute to the likelihood of developing an addiction, including genetic predisposition, environmental influences, personal experiences, and mental health issues.

For instance, individuals with a family history of taking drugs or those who have experienced trauma or stress are at an increased risk. Additionally, mental illnesses such as depression and anxiety can coexist with addiction, each exacerbating the other. Understanding addiction requires a holistic view that considers all these elements. People who experience mental illness and physical dependence on drugs or alcohol should find a substance misuse treatment center today.

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What Are the Benefits of Addiction Treatment?

Addiction treatment offers a range of benefits for individuals struggling with drugs and alcohol.

One of the main benefits is the opportunity for individuals to gain support and guidance in overcoming their addiction. Treatment programs provide a structured environment where individuals can learn coping skills, develop healthier habits, and receive therapy tailored to their needs. They are staffed by experienced and skilled counselors who have helped countless others find a path to a brighter future. 

Addiction treatment can help individuals address any underlying mental health issues that may be contributing to their addictive behavior. With the right support and treatment, individuals can achieve long-term recovery and improve their overall well-being.

Different Types of Addiction Therapy

Treating addiction involves a multifaceted approach, combining various types of therapies and treatments tailored to the individual’s needs. These therapies are designed to help individuals understand the root causes of their addiction, develop coping strategies, and rebuild their lives. They can be found in specialized addiction treatment centers, hospitals, and clinics, as well as through private practitioners and online therapy platforms.

Here are some of the most effective types of addiction therapy:

Levels of Care for Addiction Treatment

The level of care required for addiction treatment varies depending on the severity of the addiction, the substance involved, and the individual’s personal circumstances. Treatment can range from intensive inpatient programs to flexible outpatient services.

Here are the main levels of care:

Finding the right treatment and level of care is critical for effective recovery. Many resources are available to help individuals and their families choose the best option, including healthcare providers, addiction specialists, and organizations dedicated to substance abuse recovery.

Frequently Asked Questions About Addiction

Before entering an addiction treatment program, most have a few questions about what substance abuse is and how it is treated. To help you gain a better understanding of what to expect during addiction treatment, we have compiled a list of our most frequently asked questions.

How does addiction happen?

Addiction occurs when repeated use of substances or engagement in activities alters the brain’s reward and motivation systems. These changes result in compulsive behaviors and an inability to control use despite harmful consequences.

What should I do when I realize I have an addiction?

If you realize you have an addiction, the first step is to seek support. Reach out to a trusted friend, family member, or healthcare professional who can guide you to the appropriate treatment resources and support groups.

Where can I get help for addiction?

Help for addiction is available through various channels, including addiction treatment centers, healthcare providers, support groups like Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous, and online resources. Your primary care physician can also provide referrals to specialists.

What is the best treatment for addiction?

The best treatment for addiction is a comprehensive approach tailored to the individual’s needs, often involving a combination of therapy, medication, support groups, and lifestyle changes. The effectiveness of treatment depends on the type of addiction and the person’s commitment to recovery.

Addiction Treatment at Aliya Health Group

Addiction is a serious disease, but you can get better. Sobriety is possible. At Aliya Health Group, we believe that everyone can live a life free of substance abuse, no matter what.

Aliya Health Group offers a full continuum of care to support you. We provide a variety of treatment options, including inpatient, outpatient, and intensive outpatient programs, along with cognitive behavioral therapy, group therapy, and individual therapy as necessary.

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Treating addiction starts with the right help. No matter if you struggle with an alcohol use disorder or a drug abuse problem, we can help. Contact us today to speak with a representative who can answer any questions, discuss addiction treatment options, and help you or your loved ones get started on the path to long-term recovery.

You Are Not Alone

Addiction is an ever-growing problem across the United States. As it stands, opioids account for two-thirds (69%) of drug-related deaths55 people across the nation die each day from an overdose of illicit or prescription opioids.

Unfortunately, Washington State is no different, with more than 68% of drug overdose deaths involving an opioid. Likewise, addiction to drugs and alcohol impacts the lives of Washington resident’s health and well-being in a myriad of ways. The Washington State Department of Health’s 2022 data on the drug overdose burden includes:

Aliya Health Group aims to turn these stats around with person-centered care for those who need addiction treatment. If you or anyone you know needs our drug and alcohol rehab program in Washington, call 888-973-2078 to speak with a recovery specialist today.

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We accept most major health insurance providers on both a national and local level. We currently work with the following insurance plans:

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Do Addiction Treatment Programs Take Insurance?

Our addiction treatment centers accept most major insurance providers. Your plan may cover all or part of treatment. There are also other different payment options for rehab depending on your circumstances. For instance, rehab payment plans are often available for those who need financial assistance. Likewise, there are state-funded rehabs and free rehabs located across the nation, and most inpatient treatment facilities accept private payments.

Our admissions team is happy to discuss this option with you and create an estimate of costs based on your treatment plan. Please call us now at 888-973-2078 to learn more about your payment options for rehab.

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Treatment Centers Near Me

Aliya Health Group understands the importance of accessible, quality care which is why we strive to provide it to everyone, no matter where they live. As such, we have rehab facilities spread across the United States. If you or a loved one is seeking help with substance abuse, we encourage you to reach out to any of our addiction treatment center locations in Arizona, California, Colorado, Illinois, Nevada, New Jersey, and Washington State.

Find Drug & Alcohol Treatment Centers Near Me

Situated in cities across the United States, Aliya Health Group offers comprehensive substance abuse treatment to help clients begin their journey to long-lasting recovery.

Our treatment center locations include:

Treatment Locations

Vogue Recovery Center
Phoenix, Arizona

4122 North 17th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85016

Detox, Residential, PHP, OP | Veterans Program

Arizona, Royal Life Centers, Prescott

Royal Life Detox
Prescott, Arizona

831 Gail Gardner Way
Prescott, AZ 86301

Medical Detox | Safe, Comfortable, Effective Care With 24/7 Nursing Staff

Royal Life Centers at Chapter 5
Prescott, Arizona

818 W Gurley Street
Prescott, AZ 86305

Residential Treatment, IOP, OP, Sober Living | Male Only Programming

Royal Life Centers at Seaglass
Prescott, Arizona

707 W Gurley Street
Prescott, AZ 86305

Residential Treatment, IOP, OP, Sober Living | Female Only Programming

South Coast Behavioral Health

South Coast Behavioral Health
Irvine, California

6 Banyan Tree Drive
Irvine, CA 92612

Medical Detox | Male Only Clinical Programming

California Addiction Treatment Locations

South Coast Behavioral Health
Irvine, California

51 Cape Cod
Irvine, CA 92620

Residential Treatment | Male Only Clinical Programming

Drug and Alcohol Rehab in Costa Mesa, California

South Coast Behavioral Health
Costa Mesa, California

559 Pierpont Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Residential Treatment | Male Only Clinical Programming

Drug and Alcohol Rehab in Huntington Beach California

South Coast Behavioral Health
Huntington Beach, California

5302 Kenilworth Drive
Huntington Beach
CA 92649

Medical Detox | Female Only Clinical Programming

Vogue Recovery Center
Los Angeles, California

4960 Vanalden Ave
Tarzana, CA 91356

Detox and Residential | Luxury Rehab With 24/7 Clinical Supervision

Addiction Treatment Center in Topanga, CA

Malibu Detox & Residential
Topanga, California

22766 Saddle Peak Rd
Topanga, CA 90290

Detox and Residential | Luxury Rehab With 24/7 Clinical Supervision

Malibu Detox & Residential
Malibu, California

7212 Birdview Ave
Malibu, CA 90265

Detox and Residential | Luxury Rehab With 24/7 Clinical Supervision

Addiction Treatment Center in Aurora, CO

Footprints to Recovery
Aurora, Colorado

2602 S. Ensenada Way
Aurora, CO 80013

Detox and Residential | Safe, Effective, Compassionate, 24/7 Clinical Care

Footprints to Recovery
Elgin, Illinois

411 W River Rd
Elgin, IL 60123

Detox, Residential, PHP, IOP, & OP | LGBTQIA & Trauma-Informed Care

Rehab Facilities in Las Vegas Nevada

Vogue Recovery Center
Las Vegas, Nevada

4011 McLeod Drive
Las Vegas, NV 89121

Detox, Residential, PHP, IOP, & OP | Chronic Pain Track & Veterans Program

Royal Life Centers at The Haven
Lacey, Washington

8649 Martin Way SE
Lacey, WA 98516

Detox and Residential | Private Suites Available

Washington Addiction Treatment Locations

Royal Life Centers at Puget Sound
Sumner, Washington

1723 Bonney Ave
Sumner, WA 98390

Detox and Residential | Safe, Effective, Compassionate, 24/7 Clinical Care

Royal Life Centers
at Spokane Heights
Spokane, Washington

524 E Francis Ave
Spokane, WA 99208

Detox and Residential | Safe, Effective, Compassionate, 24/7 Clinical Care

We’re here to answer any of your questions about inpatient treatment options near you. Give us a call today at 888-973-2078.

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