Addiction is a chronic disease characterized by drug use that is difficult to control, or compulsive, despite harmful – even life threatening – consequences. According to The American Society of Addiction Medicine, drug addiction is a “chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory and related circuitry.” Addiction is a complex disease, and often times quitting takes far more than a strong will or self control. Drugs and alcohol affect the brain’s reward circuit by flooding it with dopamine. This over-stimulation of the reward circuit or “pleasure center,” and its inevitable reverse effect, leads people to use again and again.

Addiction does not recognize age, gender, race, religion, or social status, and its consequences can be deadly. While no single factor can predict whether a person will become addicted to drugs or alcohol, a combination of genetic, environmental, and developmental factors influence the risk for addiction.

Over the past 50 years, the scientific understanding of addiction has evolved. As a result, treatment options are available to those suffering with addiction that are proven to make a difference. Recovery is possible! At JourneyPure at the River, we have a devoted and highly respected clinical staff leading the charge everyday to ensure our patients are given the highest chance for long term recovery after treatment.

Feelings of isolation, helplessness, low self-esteem and lack of control make it difficult to seek help, but drug and alcohol addiction is treatable and JourneyPure At The River is here to help.