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What Is Addiction?

Addiction is still remarkably misunderstood. Here is some Information you should know.

Addiction is a condition defined by the compulsive need for or abuse of a mind-altering substance, resulting in physical or psychological dependence. Addiction is a primary disease and not the result of another problem, like a breakup, job or friend. This condition manifests in several forms of maladaptive behavior where a person will do anything to feed their habit. People will neglect any or all other obligations whether it be work, school, their family or their friends. Addiction is also progressive. If left untreated, it will get worse and could be potentially fatal. Although there is no cure, it can be treated.

Addiction is not an issue of of strength, character or willpower

It is important to recognize that the cause of addiction is not a search for pleasure and it has nothing to do with one’s morality or strength of character. It can be attributed to the way the brain becomes wired. Recovery is needed to re-balance the brain’s chemicals and adjust emotionally and spiritually to a life of abstinence.

Addiction is complex illness and we offer a variety of treatment options to help clients learn more about their condition, develop better coping skills and get the tools they need to build a strong foundation in treatment and enjoy a lasting recovery. Morningside specializes in treating patients suffering from addiction and co-occurring mental illnesses. We ensure each client receives the highest quality of care for their addiction and any underlying mental health issues they are facing when they come into treatment.

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If you or a loved one are suffering from addiction and need help, please don’t hesitate to call. You may reach us anytime at 949-313-1161. Our admissions counselors are available anytime 24/7 to answer any questions and will help you find the right treatment option for you.