What is addiction?

Addiction is a disease that changes the brain by undermining the way it registers pleasure and influences learning and motivation.

Everyone’s path to addiction is different but has one thing in common: continued use of substances over time. Regardless of why someone first uses a substance, even if it is a prescribed drug, the brain starts to change with the initial use and continues to change in both structure and function over time.

Just as cardiovascular disease damages the heart and diabetes impairs the pancreas, addiction hijacks the brain. It is important to recognize that addiction is a disease and not a choice. Just like with any disease, getting the right treatment is vital to recovery. Substance abuse treatment programs helps patients put active addiction into remission.

The Effects of Substance Abuse & Addiction

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What is Addiction Medicine?

A Proven Clinical Approach

Addiction Medicine is a holistic, integrated approach to addiction treatment that encompasses proven clinical practices including psychotherapy, medication, mindfulness-based skill development, 12-Step Facilitation and a full range of evidence-based practices. Based on the understanding that addiction is a disease, Addiction Medicine combines compassionate patient engagement and science to address each patient’s physical, social and emotional needs.

Substance Abuse Treatment Programs

Short-term and long-term substance abuse can affect your physical and mental health. The quality substance abuse treatment programs available at Gateway are designed to help our patients stop these effects in their tracks. Through individualized evidence-based addiction therapy services, people can truly begin to heal. Finding the right path to a substance-free lifestyle can be difficult, but Gateway is here to help.

Don’t let overcoming a disease like addiction overwhelm you. Reach out and begin building your recovery community today by calling 877.505.4673.