What is Addiction?

The highly experienced and caring CeDAR addiction recovery team is dedicated to providing patients with the hope, help and support they need to overcome dependence and reclaim their lives. The road to recovery starts with education; only by understanding the nature of addiction can the true healing begin.

Addiction is a disease

Addiction is a disease, defined as the physical or mental dependency on alcohol or another illicit substance. Both legal substances (alcohol, prescription medications, etc.) and illegal substances (street drugs) can be highly addictive.

Often, alcoholism co-exists with other chemical dependencies. Co-occurring disorders, such as mental health conditions, are also common. Here is the through definition of addiction from the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM).

Addiction does not occur because of moral weakness or faulty willpower. Over time, addictive substances alter brain chemistry, causing physical discomfort and pain when the alcohol or drug is absent from the user's system. This physical addiction makes the urge to use increasingly powerful–and increasingly disruptive to the addict's life. Learn more about the signs and symptoms of addiction.

Addiction is widespread

Alcoholism and drug addiction affect millions of Americans. Dependence on alcohol and drugs not only affects the addict, it damages the lives of family members, friends and co-workers. Learn more about our support program for families dealing with addiction.

Anyone—regardless of gender, age, race, education or income—can develop an addiction.

Addiction is treatable—get the help you need

Fortunately, like most diseases, addiction can be treated and managed successfully. At CeDAR, our residential and outpatient drug and alcohol treatment programs are designed to provide the intensive, integrated and individualized care patients need to conquer addiction and maintain a healthy life.

For more information about our comprehensive and compassionate care, please call (877) 999-0538.