Addiction

Alcoholics and drug addicts have a difficult time recognizing the disease in themselves

Learn About Addiction

The American Society of Addiction Medicine defines addiction as a chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory and related circuitry. The disease of addiction does not recognize gender, race, age, religion or social status. The issues and emotions associated with addiction – loneliness, low self-esteem, helplessness, lack of control, inability to communicate in a genuine way – can often make seeking help difficult. Alcoholics and drug addicts have a difficult time recognizing the disease in themselves.…

Addiction Resources at Cumberland Heights - Am I Addicted?

Am I Addicted?

How Do I Know if I'm Addicted to Prescriptions? Many people do not understand why or how they become addicted to prescription drugs. It is often mistakenly assumed that prescription drug abusers lack moral principles or willpower and if they wanted, they could stop using these drugs simply by choosing to change their behavior. In reality, drug addiction is a complex disease, and quitting takes more than good intentions or a strong will. If you believe you might suffer from…

I Need Help

What To Do if You Need Help with Alcohol or an Addiction Acknowledging you need for help for the disease of addiction is a difficult first step on your road to recovery. As with most chronic diseases, there are many misconceptions about addiction and addiction treatment. Fifty years ago, chemical dependency was widely believed to be a moral weakness. This belief created a social stigma that prevented millions from reaching out for help. Today we understand that addiction is not…

Addiction Resources at Cumberland Heights - My Loved One Needs Help

My Loved One Needs Help

What To Do if Your Loved One Needs Help with Alcohol or an Addiction The realization that your loved one may suffer from the disease of addiction can be frightening and often overwhelming. Typically your family has already been through so much at the point you're ready to intervene the task may seem daunting, but there is hope. If your loved one is resistant to help a professional intervention may be the answer. Intervention is a planned, structured process which…

FAQs & Addiction Resources

Those suffering from addiction have a difficult time recognizing the disease in themselves. When confronted with their behavior, people suffering from addiction might shield themselves by minimizing, rationalizing or blaming. Their denial and isolation can eventually lead to their death. Recovery begins by recognizing one's denial. To succeed in addiction treatment and enter recovery, the first step is admitting you have a problem. Then, after you’re admitted to a rehab center, treatment can be tailored to your specific circumstances. [accordion…

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