Addictions, whether to substances or behaviors, can be equally damaging to a person’s well being. Degradation of relationships, finances, and physical and mental health are just a few of the life altering consequences of addiction that may lead a person to seek treatment.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIH), “because addiction can affect so many aspects of a person’s life, treatment must address the needs of the whole person to be successful”. This is precisely the approach that the compassionate team of licensed professionals at Brisas subscribes to. By treating the needs of the whole person, we empower people to reclaim their lives from the dark depths of addiction to a renewed state of hope, peace, and control.
Alcohol Addiction Treatment
Because the use of alcohol is so socially prevalent, it is often normalized and not perceived as problematic. The National Council on Alcoholism and Drugs, Inc. (NCADD) however, reports that “Alcohol is the most commonly used addictive substance in the United States: 17.6 million people, or one in every 12 adults, suffer from alcohol abuse or dependence”.
Stereotypically, an alcoholic may be seen as someone who is impaired daily, unable to work, and unable to maintain the appearance of day-to-day functioning. While this may sometimes be true, it is just as common for alcohol addiction to come disguised in the form of a highly functioning executive or busy stay at home mom. Frequency or quantity of consumption alone does not indicate alcohol dependence. Instead, the preoccupation, sense of urgency, and reliance upon alcohol to anesthetize difficult emotions are better indications of addiction.
Drug Addiction Treatment
While Illicit drugs are more traditionally associated with addiction, prescription drugs contribute just as much to today’s addiction epidemic. Drug use typically begins in either an experimental social setting or as a legitimate medical intervention to treat ailments such as pain and anxiety. In either of these situations, use may seem relatively harmless at first. However, a person’s biological, social, and psychological predispositions combined with a drug’s level of dependency risk can quickly lead to addiction.
Dependency occurs when a person has an intense craving for their substance of choice and, despite negative consequences, feels compelled to continue using it. Over time, a greater quantity is needed to produce the same physical and/or psychological effect. This increased use often poses a serious detriment to one’s physical and mental health.
“Fortunately, researchers know more than ever about how drugs affect the brain and have found treatments that can help people recover from drug addiction and lead productive lives”, according to The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIH). At Brisas, we use such treatments, including today’s most cutting edge technology, to ease the hardship of initial recovery and achieve lasting freedom from drug addiction.
Process Addictions Treatment
Process addictions, also referred to as behavioral addictions, occur when a person becomes driven to engage compulsively in an activity with little or no regard for potential consequences. Some of the more widely recognized process addictions include sex, gambling, and overeating. These types of addictions may exist in isolation, co-occur with substance addiction, or in some cases become a replacement for substance addiction during recovery.
Despite the absence of an addictive substance, process addictions can impact a person’s brain and behaviors similarly to the way that drug or alcohol addiction does. Cravings, much like those from substance dependence, and an obsessive desire to engage in increasingly dangerous behaviors are common characteristics of process addiction.
Brisas recognizes that in order to bring about lasting recovery, it is essential to address any co-occurring process addictions. A failure to do so can result in substance abuse relapse and can, in and of itself, be just as damaging as substance addiction. The team of certified psychologists, psychiatrists, and therapists at Brisas are well versed in the effective treatment of process addictions.