There are many definitions, descriptions and labels for addiction in today’s society. A traditional definition is a chronic and progressive disease focused on drug/alcohol seeking and use, that is compulsive with the lack of manageability regardless of the negative consequences and outcomes. Addiction is also categorized with other compulsive behaviors such as eating disorders, gambling, gaming, internet addiction, sex addiction, etc.
How do you determine if you or a loved one needs addiction treatment? A good starting point is to look at the effects of drugs and alcohol, mental health conditions, or other compulsive behaviors affecting you or your loved one’s life. Are the major areas of his or her life such as family, relationships, work, health, and employment being affected? Has he or she had any legal issues related to the use of drugs or alcohol? If you’ve answered yes to any of these questions, then seeking professional support and advice should be your next step.
Call LEAD Recovery at 800-380-0012 for further support and information.