Overview of Addiction
Addiction is a complex, but treatable disease that affects the brain as well as human behavior. Through misuse and abuse of drugs, alcohol, prescription medication, gambling, and other addictive substances/behaviors, a person’s health and well-being become heavily compromised. Substance abuse and mental health disorders affect people from all different backgrounds, at all different stages of life. The path to drug addiction starts with the act of voluntary drug-taking, however over time the person becomes unable to control the drug abuse and the taking of the drug becomes an impulsive behavior. This notion applies not only to drugs, but also to any addictive substance or behavior as the addiction starts to affect parts of the brain and, over time, the person’s ability to have control over this behavior. Addiction is treatable, however without the right treatment and care, it is known as a ‘relapsing disease,’ or a return to the addictive behavior after an attempt to stop. The recovery process allows people to improve their health and wellness and live independent, addiction-free lives. Here at Valley Recovery Center, we recognize that the road to recovery is highly personal and requires individualized treatments and varying levels of care to find the path that works for each patient. Different therapies and programs are designed to help people understand their addiction and make necessary changes that will enable a lasting recovery. The staff at our drug rehab center in Santa Clarita, CA curate effective treatment methods based on the individual needs of each patient, so we find the right method that works for you. One-on-one therapy and counseling are crucial tools that provide insight into recognizing one’s addiction, dealing with underlying issues that may have caused the addiction, and planning for a sober, fulfilled, addiction-free life. We truly believe that the long-term path to recovery includes dual diagnosis treatment in Southern California.