Addiction is defined as a chronic, relapsing disorder. It is characterized by compulsively seeking the substance despite the substance's harmful consequences, including long-term changes in the brain. Those who suffer from addiction continually seek out the substance in order to experience the desired effect from it. Once a tolerance point is reached, an addict will begin to take increasing amounts of the substance because the previous smaller doses no longer work.
Addiction is a disease that affects people equally, regardless of social status and demographics, and it is not easy to define a specific reason why people turn to vices in their lives. Some research has shown that people most often take drugs, abuse alcohol, or abuse other vices to feel better (to feel more comfortable, "high," or simply different).
Drug treatment programs usually consist of two categories: inpatient or outpatient rehab. Although they are both equally focused on rehabilitation, each type poses unique benefits and attributes to offer.
Inpatient rehabs are residential and intensive treatments to deal with already severely addicted people, while outpatient rehabs fall into part-time programs. Outpatient rehabs are designed so that recovery takes place in parallel with other obligations — a person can continue to go to work or school during the day.
Although there are many signals that can indicate that a person has an addiction problem, such as mental and physical changes, it is always necessary to first consult with experts to treat these diseases, so as not to make a premature mistake. It is difficult to expect that a person who is addicted can on his own will and perseverance stop abusing substances. Professional mental health specialists will provide you with proven methods to help your loved one in this battle in a concrete and successful way.