There are more than 500,000 substance abuse or addiction-related deaths in the United States each year. Substance use disorders are a serious matter and understanding the psychological and physical causes of these conditions can get those who need help the proper treatment.
What is drug addiction?
Addiction is the chronic, relapsing brain disease that is classified by compulsive drug-seeking behavior and uses, despite harmful consequences. Drug addiction changes the structure and function of the brain, which is why it is considered a disease. As of 2013, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders does not use the terms addiction or abuse but instead classifies them as substance use disorders with varying groups of severity. The groupings are impaired control, social impairment, risky use and pharmacological criteria (tolerance and withdraw).
The first step to recovery is seeking professional medical help. If you or a loved one is struggling with substance abuse or addiction, know that Strategic Mental Health is your resource for all your treatment needs. We understand and value the patient/provider relationship and our staff is experienced in providing you or your loved one with the best possible treatment plan to maximize success.
Please, contact us today to learn more about the treatment and help we can provide at (602)377-7326 or email us at email@example.com