What is an Addiction?

An addiction is a condition that results when a person ingests a substance (eg. alcohol, cocaine, cannabis, heroin) or engages in an activity (gambling, sex) that can be pleasurable but the continued act of which becomes compulsive and interferes with ordinary life responsibilities, such as work, relationships, or health.
Users may not be aware that their behaviour is out of control and causing problems for themselves and others.

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Addictions we treat

At New Leaf Recovery, we can help to treat many, if not all types of addictions. Below is a list of popular addictions we treat. However, if you are not suffering from an addiction to any of the below substances or behaviours/ activities, contact us to see how we can assist you.

How addiction can affect your life

The word addiction is used in several different ways. One describes physical addictions. This is a biological state in which the body adapts to the presence of a drug so that the drug no longer has the same effect, otherwise known as a tolerance. Because of tolerance, the biological reaction of withdrawal occurs when the drug is discontinued. Another form of physical addiction is the phenomenon of overreaction by the brain to the drugs or triggers that are associated with the drugs. A problematic drinker walking into a bar, for instance, will feel an extra pull to have a drink because of these triggers.

The focus of the addiction isn’t what matters

However, most addictive behaviour is not related to either physical tolerance or exposure to triggers. People compulsively use drugs, alcohol, gambling or sex nearly always in reaction to being emotionally stressed, whether or not they have a physical addiction. Since these psychologically based addictions are not based on drug, or even on non-drug behaviour, the focus of the addictions isn't what matters; it's the need to act under certain kinds of stress. Treating this kind of addiction requires an understanding of how it works psychologically.

When referring to any kind of addiction, it is important to recognise that its cause is not simply a search for pleasure and that addiction has nothing to do with one's morality or strength of character. Experts debate whether addiction is a "disease" or a true mental illness, whether drug addiction and dependence mean the same thing, and many other aspects of addiction. Such debates are not likely to be resolved soon. But the lack of resolution does not preclude effective treatment.

Why choose New Leaf Recovery?

At New Leaf Recovery, we offer a private residential alcohol and drug rehabilitation service to those struggling with addictions. Based in Birmingham, we offer our bespoke addiction rehab treatment programmes to individuals seeking to overcome their addictions and in turn become fully resettled.

Our treatment programmes are delivered by those with first-hand experience of addiction and are completely tailored to the individual.

Ready to find out more about our residential rehab and addiction treatment? Contact us today on 0300 999 0330.