Understanding the types of addiction commonly found in the U.S. population can help you to see you’re not alone. It’s estimated by the National Institute on Drug Abuse that 24.6 million people over the age of 12 used illicit drugs in 2013. That accounts for 9.4 percent of the country’s population. Prescription drug use outside of doctor’s orders adds to this number. If you or someone you love is struggling with addiction, it’s time to get help. Let our team at Santé Center for Healing guide you.
What Are the Types of Addiction?
Addiction occurs when a person uses a drug and cannot stop doing so as a result of a chemical dependency. When this occurs, the brain has become dependent on the presence of the drug to function normally. When not there, the brain creates withdrawal symptoms, which are intense cravings, pain, and other physical ailments designed to encourage a person to use the drug. This can happen with many types of drugs. This can happen with:
- Illicit drugs
- Prescription drugs
- Other substances
It’s common for people to have more than one substance use problem. For example, they may use nicotine and illicit drugs. There are several types of addiction that can occur.
Substance Abuse Addiction
Most of the time, when we think of addiction, we think about substance abuse addiction. This is the use of a chemical that changes, impairs, heightens the function of, or depresses the brain’s function. This is a progressive condition that often leads to relapsing due to the changes in the brain’s structure. The drug itself makes it very hard for a person to stop using. When dependency occurs, tolerance also builds. That is, the brain and body become used to the amount of the chemical being used. To achieve the same high, then a person needs to take ever-increasing amounts of the drug. This puts them at risk of an overdose.
Behavioral addiction doesn’t involve a substance, but some type of process or activity that stimulates the brain’s reward and addiction center. As a result, a person feels good when engaging in these activities and continues to see them out, beyond what is considered healthy. They may not complete work tasks or may become physically ill. Common types of addiction like this include:
- Gambling addiction
- Food or eating addiction
- Shopping addiction
- Video game addiction
- Sex addiction
- Internet addiction
- Exercise addiction
How Can You Get Help for Substance Abuse?
It’s not possible to break most of these types of addiction on your own. You need help. This generally starts with a drug and alcohol detox program. At Santé Center for Healing, we offer a full-service line up of services after detox to help you to reclaim your life. During addiction detox, your body rids itself of the chemical, and you fight to reclaim control. Then, you may benefit from residential drug treatment, intensive outpatient drug treatment, and drug aftercare services. We offer all of this in a positive, modern location.
Through evidence-based treatment, holistic care, individual therapy, and group therapy, you can work through your addiction and learn how to manage your addiction. Our team is dedicated to supporting you through this process with one-on-one support. Keep in mind that your treatment plan is always customized to your needs. No matter what type of addiction you have, you can find relief.
What Are Your Treatment Options?
No matter which of these types of addiction you have, there is help available to you. You can reclaim your life and build a future. Your first step is to work with our team at Santé Center for Healing to provide you with help getting clean. Call us at 866.238.3154 to learn more about how we can help you today.