DRUG AND ALCOHOL ADDICTION
Addiction is classified as a mental illness, formally known as “substance use disorder.” Substance use disorders are characterized by an inability to function normally in daily settings like work, school or home due to a compulsive dependence on a drug or alcohol. Those who are diagnosed with a substance use disorder are unable to control their substance use, show evidence of social impairment and have reached a point in their substance abuse that impacts their physical health.
Substances like drugs or alcohol alter the way your brain works. Your brain has naturally-occurring chemicals called neurotransmitters that create emotions, sensations and actions. When you use drugs or alcohol, you flood your brain with abnormal levels of certain neurotransmitters. Long-term use and overuse of drugs or alcohol can cause your body to become dependent on these abnormal amounts of chemicals, which can permanently change the way your brain reacts to everyday situations. This is why professional, often medical treatment is necessary to start the journey to recovery from addiction. Therapy and counseling can help “reset” your brain and allow you to learn how to live your life substance-free. At Springboard, we are equipped to treat addictions to substances including: