What Is Addiction?
Despite many years of research, scientists are still not one hundred percent certain how addiction develops. As with many medical conditions, a mixture of family history, genetics and exposure to certain environmental influences appear to be among the common risk factors that allow addictions to develop.
Interestingly, addictions can be acquired to a much wider range of substances and actions than is normally thought. The commonly recognized addictions to heroin and alcohol tend to receive most attention, while addictions to work, food or gambling are among the less prominent and often less understood disorders. These vastly different types of addiction can make it hard for the affected individual to find the way towards a cure; as a result, professional help in the form of addiction counseling is a highly recommended option.
Addiction as a state is defined by an individual’s incapability to control the intake or doing of a particular substance or behavior. It is characterized by an excessive use to the point in which the behavior or the substance become harmful. There are essentially two forms of addiction that often go hand in hand – physical and psychological addictions. Physical addictions relate to the biological dependency upon a particular substance – the body adapts to a chemical so well that once it is withdrawn severe physiological reactions can occur. A psychological addiction is defined by a mental urge to engage in an addictive behavior – a physical dependency does not need to exist for this to occur.
There are numerous approaches to treating addiction and the physical and psychological aspects are treated with different methods. Addiction counseling in particular may often be of great benefit – following a detox period an affected individual is at a continuously high risk of slipping back into his or her addiction. This may happen, for example, as a consequence of a sudden stress or exposure to other people engaging in the addictive behavior.
Here at Thriveworks Lowell our experienced addiction therapists are trained to help patients cope with the daily challenges of managing their cravings, therefore helping to prevent possible relapses. We design our addiction counseling to address the needs of every patient on an individual basis. So why not get in touch with us today to arrange your first session with one of our expert counselors.