What is addiction?



When you compulsively use and abuse a substance despite its harmful consequences you are most likely addicted. You have what is commonly termed: Severe Substance Use Disorder which is a disease. People with addictions to drugs or alcohol exhibit distorted thinking and addictive behavior and soon their brains become re-wired with intense cravings for that substance. Over time, people with addictions develop tolerance, meaning they will need increasingly larger amounts of the substance to feel its effects. This disease can become so strong that even if someone wants to quit they may not be able.

Stopping the destructive cycle usually doesn’t happen unless caring family members and qualified addiction professionals intervene.


The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that over 2 million Americans are opioid abusers. Over-prescription of opioid pain relievers has certainly contributed to this crisis. Popular prescription opioids such as Vicodin, Oxycontin, and Dilaudid have found their way into more and more medicine cabinets and the toll has been predictable. It is estimated that 20 to 30 percent of patients who are prescribed opioids for chronic pain will misuse them. About 80 percent of heroine users reportedly began their abuse by first misusing prescription opioids. Regardless of how one begins down this path, the result too often leads to havoc and total destruction. Deaths in the U.S. from accidental overdose have now surpassed the number of deaths caused by guns and car accidents combined.



Overdosing on opioids can cause death from cardiac arrest or respiratory failure. But the dependency on this drug and its effects can be way more far-reaching. As addicts begin to obsessively think about getting more drugs, their judgment and behavior become more desperate and irrational. Lives are disrupted and everyone around feels the destructive consequences of a user in crisis.

If you or someone you love is ready to seek help for their addiction, quickly find a qualified medical provider. Ending substance abuse is not a simple matter. It is a process best guided by experienced professionals, like the ones you will find at Bright New Beginnings, one of the more successful Board-Certified addiction medical practices in Kentucky.

Agreeing to treatment is the first essential step. Next, the opioid abuser must be helped though withdrawal. Without proper medical supervision, withdrawal can be difficult, painful and even dangerous. Bright New Beginnings provides proven medication treatments and counseling to help alleviate severe withdrawal symptoms. After successful medical detox from opiates, patients will start a new life plan and begin to learn the skills needed to stay drug-free forever.

Addiction is a disease that cannot be cured. But it doesn’t have to be a life sentence. And you don’t have to face it alone.