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Understanding Alcohol and Substance Dependence

Dependence often begins innocuously. In the case of alcohol, it may start as casual drinks in a social situation. The use of illicit drugs frequently stems from occasional, recreational use, only to spiral out of control. When it comes to prescription drugs, there are often legitimate medical reasons why substance use begins, only to become an addiction at a later point. There's a reason why this dependence occurs and it is not, that the user simply lacks in morals or willpower (a common misconception.) No, over time a user's brain chemistry actually changes as it adapts or compensates for the substance being used. The body gains a tolerance to the substance, and the user needs increased amounts or frequency of the substance to achieve the same level of relief, happiness or excitement that was initially felt.

There are two primary components to addiction: physical dependency and psychological dependency, and the combination of those can be overpowering in conjunction. Fortunately, there are drug dependence treatment options available to counter even the most severe addictions. The best results are often achieved by combining a measured detoxification with concurrent treatments in an in-patient or out-patient rehab facility specializing in substance dependency treatment. If you or a loved on want to discuss addiction treatment options, such as detox or rehabilitation, please call us at 1-888-290-6365 . Don't wait until it's too late. The call is free, and we are available 24/7 to talk.