Addiction is a Disease
You need Addiction Treatment NOW.
Addiction takes over your life and hurts your family, friends, and
loved ones in addition to yourself. The power behind addiction is
incredibly strong and affects you physically and mentally; you need help
to break this bond and we can give you the answers you seek. Call The
Watershed: 1-800-861-1768 NOW! Our Addiction Counselors are available 24
hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year to answer your call.
The Definition of Addiction
Addiction is a disease; a
compulsive physiological need for use of any habit-forming substance in
which the body adapts to the substance and gradually increases the
required amount needed to reproduce the effects originally produced in
smaller doses. Addiction to any substance is a dangerous condition that
is exceedingly difficult to rehabilitate from.
Addiction is recognized by the American Medical Association as a
disease. In diagnosed cases of addiction, the person will crave the
substance in the same manner as someone starving from food or water.
Individuals will typically continue their consumption regardless of the
damage it causes to their health, relationships, or their finances, as
the compulsion is uncontrollable.
Like many other diseases, the disposition for addiction is commonly
passed genetically. While this genetic link has been scientifically
determined, an individual's lifestyle, environment, stress level, and
the availability of alcohol also play a significant role in the
development of this chronic disease. Fortunately, just because someone
is “at risk” for the disease of alcoholism does not mean he or she will
develop it. Understanding your risk level, however, can be key to
protecting yourself and getting the help you need as early as possible.
Finding Addiction Treatment
The form and duration of stay in
an addiction treatment program ultimately depends upon the severity of
your consumption and your resources. Most patients will require
completion of a medically monitored detox program before they can
advance to an alcoholism treatment program.
When choosing an inpatient detox program, you would be wise to make sure the program includes:
- An alcohol detox program located within its own facility
- A medically-monitored alcohol detox program that includes 24-hour nursing
- A physician trained in addiction medicine (ASAM Certified)
- A comprehensive family component
- An intensive relapse prevention program
- A dual diagnosis treatment program if necessary
- A license by the state and accreditation through JCAHO
If you are in need of Alcoholism Treatment or Alcohol Rehab, then you
need the best in medical care. The Watershed is a world-class
Alcoholism Detoxification and Alcohol Treatment center, offering
treatment for alcoholism and drug addiction. As a state licensed
treatment facility with qualified professionals, we will provide you
with the help and support you need to restart your life.
The Watershed operates a 24 hour Help Line for any immediate needs,
questions or concerns. We are happy to answer your questions day or
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