Addiction can strike anyone, regardless of age, race, or economic background. As such, many people need addiction services in Idaho and around the world. Fortunately, we’re proud to provide these services to anyone who contacts our team. At Southworth Associates, we strive to provide intervention and recovery services to our clients. To learn more about our addiction services, please reach out to our team today at (866) 460-9014.
What is Addiction?
Addiction is a chronic and progressive disease. Addiction can be but is not limited to an unhealthy dependence on a range of things, including:
- Illegal drugs
- Prescription medications
- Sexual behaviors
- Online gaming
To define addiction, one can look at a person’s ability to control or cease use or their level of tolerance. Experts will also evaluate their pattern of use and evidence of withdrawal symptoms.
Addicts cannot control their use, regardless of the adverse consequences to their legal status, health, personal lives, or professional standing. Their inability to control or cease use is a result of chemical imbalances in the brain. As a result of this imbalance, the addict displays a change in their attitude, actions, and normal behaviors.
In addition to an inability to cease use, most addicts develop a tolerance to their drug(s) of choice. As a result, they usually have to use more and more over time to achieve the same level of intoxication, relief, or result. In addition to developing a tolerance, some addicts will experience withdrawal symptoms when they cease to use the substance. Withdrawal symptoms can be physical or psychological and can be painful and sometimes life-threatening to addicts, depending on their addiction stage.
What Patterns Indicate the Need for Addiction Services?
The patterns of use with a drug can vary from addict to addict. A common misconception is that for someone to be addicted or display addictive behaviors, they must use every day if not multiple times a day. There are a lot of addicts out there that use drugs or alcohol daily. However, some use drugs every couple of days or once a week.
Just as emphysema or Parkinson’s are progressive diseases, meaning that the symptoms or physical effects worsen over time, so is addiction. If left untreated, progressive diseases can result in serious health issues, organ failure, and even death. Many factors can contribute to addiction. For instance, there can be a biological malfunction in the brain or body. They may also be battling psychological issues that coincide with the disease. Alternatively, social factors might be at play, such as socioeconomic status, culture, and poverty level. Whatever is the case for you or your loved one, it is critical to get treatment as soon as possible.
Addiction is Treatable Within the Medical and Therapeutic Community
Addiction is treatable within the medical and therapeutic community. When an addict is ready to treat the disease, many resources are available to assist in pursuing recovery. As a company, Southworth Associates strongly recommends that every addict pursue participation in the 12 step community, such as Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous. Doing so allows people to connect with like-minded and recovery-focused people.
Contact Southworth Associates
We realize that not everyone with addiction is willing to admit that there is a problem. Sometimes, reaching out for interventionist services is the best option if someone you love is addicted to drugs, alcohol, or behaviors. At Southworth Associates, we strive to provide a range of addiction services, including:
- Intervention services
- Sober escorts
- Sober transportation
- Professional recovery programs
- Sober companions
- Sober coaching
If you feel someone you know and love may be struggling with addiction, please reach out to our team to learn about our addiction services in Idaho and worldwide. Contact us at (866) 460-9014 today.