According to the American Psychiatric Association, addiction is a “brain disease that is manifested by compulsive substance use despite harmful consequences.” This complex condition impacts millions of lives, from those suffering from the addiction to their family and friends. The weight of addiction is felt by everyone involved with a person who is struggling with substance use disorder.
There are differences between physical dependence, tolerance, and addiction. Using a substance daily can cause physical dependence. The body adapts to the substance, and physical withdrawal may occur when a person stops using alcohol or drugs. Tolerance is simply the need to take more alcohol, opiates, etc. because the body has adjusted to the intake, and it takes more of the substance to produce the desired effect.
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At Dignity Healing, our substance abuse treatment program has been developed with you in mind. We recognize that drug or alcohol addiction is not the only issue you may struggle with, and we highlight the importance of treating co-occurring disorders (dual diagnosis). With this in mind, a strategic mix of addiction and medical professionals will work with you to figure out what recovery program will best suit your particular needs.