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what is addiction?

Addiction Intervention, Intervention, Adolescent Intervention, Addiction Information page picture of the brain in smokeAddiction is a disease, which is caused by an irregularity of the midbrain, or reward center. Addiction, also referred to as alcoholism, is a progressive, primary and incurable medical illness. Addiction can be fatal if left untreated. Addiction is treatable and the progression can be arrested through proper treatment. The purpose of addiction intervention is to interrupt the progression and implement treatment.

This disease is triggered by unmanaged, severe or chronic stress and characterized by decreased functioning.  Addiction is active in two specific receptor sites.  These sites manage the release of dopamine.  These surges of dopamine create euphoria or "drug high".  Certain people are at a greater risk of addiction due to several variable factors.  Addiction is a chronic and progressive illness, resulting in pre-mature death if not treated. Addiction intervention, adolescent intervention, alcohol intervention, mental health intervention and behavioral interventions are intended to stop the progression of the disease. Simply put, addiction intervention works.

Addicts do some bad things but they are not bad people.  Addicts have an illness and deserve to receive treatment.  Just like those with cancer or any other life threatening illness. For more specific information about addiction, visit our forms of addiction page or contact our toll free helpline 888-435-7960.

 

Why Intervention Works

Whether performing addiction intervention, adolescent intervention, mental health intervention or behavior intervention, we find our eclectic approach is 95% successful if the family is compliant. Intervention allows the addict the opportunity to hear how their disease(s) is/are affecting friends, family and co-workers. When done in an appropriate fashion, this recognition creates motivation for change.

The process of addiction intervention is more than convincing someone to go to treatment. Intervention is creating motivation to change, providing a safe environment for change and the instilling of a willingness to complete and participate in treatment.

Addiction Intervention, Adolescent Intervention, Mental Health Intervention and Behavior Intervention are not only an opportunity for the addict to change but the entire family. If you are unsure whether addiction intervention, mental health intervention or behavior intervention are right for you, please feel free to contact us any time. Our Toll Free Number is: 888-435-7960. Staff is available 24 hours a day and all inquiry calls are free.

Addiction Treatment Options

As mentioned above, addiction/alcoholism is a highly treatable medical illness. Meaning that with intervention, treatment and ongoing support, any alcoholic/addict can lead a clean, sober and happy life. Intervention 180 does not just specialize in addiction intervention. We or a team of professionals, most of whom have worked in the treatment field for many years. We have established long standing relationships with treatment providers all over North America. We feel it is our responsibility to provide the most current and effective treatment options to the families we serve. We feel so strongly about helping others that we offer free treatment referrals to families or individuals who need a professional referral.