American Addiction Centers recognizes that addiction — whether involving alcohol, prescription drugs, illicit drugs, or food (as in binge eating) — is a disease. What this means for you or your loved one seeking treatment at an AAC facility is that we approach every individual as a whole person who is full of unique strengths and potential. We provide Dual Diagnosis (co-occurring disorders) treatment to help individuals overcome their struggles with addiction that are impeding his or her potential.
Addiction does, in fact, function as a disease, in that it attacks the mid-brain resulting in neurological dysfunction. According to the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) addiction is a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory, and related circuitry. When the brain’s circuitry is dysfunctional, it impacts an individual not only on a biological level but also on a psychological and social level. It also has a consistent set of symptoms, such as distorted thinking, impaired decision making or ability to recognize a growing problem, physiological substance dependence, and craving. According to ASAM, addiction is a progressive disease and without the active participation in a recovery-based program, addiction can result in disability or premature death.
Addiction — whether it involves alcohol, prescription drugs, illicit drugs or binge eating — is a disease.
Our treatment programs provide our clients with a rich education about these symptoms and their physiological and psychosocial causes. The goal is to arm our clients with the information needed regarding their particular addiction, so they can develop sound strategies for managing the addictive mechanisms at work in their lives and build long-term healing from their addiction disease.