Addiction is a complex illness which requires medical treatments and counseling for those suffering from substance abuse.
It is characterized by compulsive drug craving, seeking, and abuse that persists even in the face of negative consequences.
The path to drug addiction begins with the act of trying drugs. Over time, a person's ability to choose not to take drugs can be compromised. Drug seeking becomes compulsive, in large part as a result of the effects of prolonged drug use on brain functioning which requires medications and counseling to improve coping, relationship, and stress management skills.
Addiction often involves not only compulsive drug taking but also a wide range of dysfunctional behaviors that can interfere with normal functioning in the family, the workplace, and society.
Addiction also can place people at increased risk for other illnesses (such as Hepatitis C, HIV, and sexually transmitted diseases). These illnesses can be brought on by behaviors, such as poor living and health habits, that often accompany a substance abuse disorder lifestyle.
Because addiction has so many dimensions and disrupts so many aspects of an individual's life, treatment for this illness is complex. Substance abuse treatment must help the individual stop using drugs and maintain a drug-free lifestyle, while achieving productive functioning in the family, at work, and in society.
Seven decades of scientific research and clinical practice have yielded a variety of effective approaches to substance abuse treatment. Extensive data documents that substance abuse treatment is as effective as are medical treatments for most other similarly chronic medical conditions. In spite of scientific evidence that establishes the effectiveness of substance abuse treatment, many people avoid needed medical care of this condition. Research also has revealed a set of principles that characterize the most effective substance abuse treatments and their implementation.
Dr. Candace McDaniel
8021 East R.L. Thornton Fwy, Suite A
Dallas, Texas 75228
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