types of addictionThough millions of people around the country and across the world are battling an addiction today, many people do not understand what addiction is. This misunderstanding means that when someone you love is battling addiction, you don’t know how to help them. Fortunately, with the help of the experts at Southworth Associates, we can educate you about this challenging disease and walk you through the intervention process. Reach out to Southworth Associates today at (866) 460-9014 to learn about the types of addiction and the intervention options available.

What is Addiction?

An addiction is a habitual mental and physical dependence on a substance or practice beyond one’s voluntary control. Well-defined physiological symptoms upon withdrawal characterize this condition. As a result, their brain believes that it needs the drug, alcohol, or behavior to function. In addition, your loved one may not realize that there is a problem. As a result, without the assistance of a professional addiction treatment center, it is difficult to stop using the substance or behavior on their own. 

Types of Addictions

Most people recognize addictions to prescription drugs, such as opioids, or illegal drugs, like meth or cocaine. An addiction to one of these substances is what experts refer to as a substance use disorder. However, many people don’t realize that addiction can also refer to certain processes. A process disorder can refer to an addiction to a range of behaviors, such as:

  • Sex
  • Gambling
  • Technology 
  • Gaming
  • Eating disorders (Bulimia & Anorexia)

While many different substances or practices people can become addicted to, many people are non-specific addicts. These people may be addicted to one or more substances/practices but can change addictions. Southworth Associates works to intervene, consult, and monitor the addict, not the addiction.

Signs and Symptoms of Addiction

A person battling an addiction usually has three or more of the following:

  • A tolerance for the substance or practice that requires increasing amounts to achieve the same effect.
  • Intense cravings for the substance or behaviors.
  • Being unable to stop using the drug, alcohol, or practice without going through withdrawal.
  • Loss of control over frequency and amounts of drug or substance usage.
  • Preoccupation with the substance or behaviors.
  • Inability to meet obligations to family, job, or other personal interests because of the drug, alcohol, or action.
  • Physical or psychological deterioration due to the use of the substance or practice.

The tendency to have addiction problems can be an inherited trait passed from parents to their children. Addiction can also co-exist with a psychiatric illness or physical disability (dual-diagnosis).

Our Services

Southworth Associates can provide all of their clients with individualized intervention services regardless of the addiction or dual-diagnosis. This individualized service includes:

  • 24-hour addiction intervention service: The availability of personal intervention assistance 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
  • Client Escort Monitoring Assistance: Intervention clients of Southworth Associates have the option of having their loved one escorted by the interventionist to a selected treatment facility following the successful intervention.
  • Multi-age intervention services: Southworth Associates prides itself on its ability to provide individualized service to all age groups respectfully. All ages suffer from impairments that need treatment, so all ages need treatment options.
  • Bilingual Intervention Services: Southworth Associates is pleased to provide all of their clients with the availability of bilingual addiction interventionists skilled in other languages and cultures.

Reach Out to Southworth Associates

At Southworth Associates, we understand the types of addiction and the recovery options available at rehab facilities that we partner with to assist our clients. As such, we can help you understand the substance use disorders and process disorders and how to help your loved one realize that they need treatment. Our intervention services can help people of all ages and situations. To learn more about how our services can help you and your loved one, contact Southworth Associates today at (866) 460-9014.