In the medical field one of the most difficult areas to diagnose is that of addiction. Addiction takes many different shapes and forms, and can affect people of all ages. Generally speaking, addiction can be described as being addicted to a substance or activity and being dependent to that substance or activity. In today’s society, addiction has become one of the fastest growing areas of medicine.
- What is an Addiction? – Definition of the medical conditions and problems of addictions.
- Types of Abuse – Brief definition and descriptions of several of the more common types of addiction that people face.
Addiction can take many different shapes for people. Some people have addictions to drugs or alcohol, so that they feel the need to take a particular drug for either pain relief or to feel better. The same can be said for the consumption of alcohol. These addictions if unchecked, can result in serious health issues for the users.
Other addictions can result in future health or financial problems for the patient if the pattern of use or abuse are not curtailed. Some of the addictions that can result in future mental health problems to include addictions to gambling, sex or smoking. In addition, eating disorders such as Bulimia and Anorexia are also considered addictions to many people, this could be part of a bigger problem, requiring dual diagnosis treatment.
Once the addict has discovered that they have a problem, or if a friend or relative believes a problem exists, it is important for the patient to receive proper help. Many medical professionals are available to help diagnose the problems of addictions and help chart the path to addiction treatment. While many addictions are never completely cured, proper treatment methods can help put patients on the right path to keeping their addictions in check. However, even if they have been free of symptoms of addictions, the generally run the risk of being addicted again.
Alcohol Addiction Treatment
- Alcohol Addiction Treatment – Information on the warning signs that people should look for to determine whether you may be addicted to alcohol.
- Effects Of Alcohol Abuse – Web page which provides information on the signs and symptoms of alcohol abuse.
- Alcohol Withdrawal Timeline – Informative timeline on withdrawing from alcohol dependency.
Drug Addiction Treatment
- Drug Addiction Treatment – Web page which provides information on drug addiction and the treatment for drug addiction.
- Is Drug Addiction A Disease? – Information on the reasons drug addiction is a disease.
Addiction Treatment Service Options
- Addiction Treatment Services – Listing of addiction treatments Morningside Recovery offers.
By Michelle Conway
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