The Face of Addiction: What Does It Look Like?

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October 20, 2014

What does the face of addiction look like, you might wonder? For some who don’t have any knowledge of addiction, the face that Hollywood paints might be called to mind. Disheveled, homeless, friendless, and jobless. However, this could not be further from reality.

In fact, addiction is a disease and, as with all disease, it does not discriminate based on gender, education, career, or on any socioeconomic gauge.

For the disease of addiction, pain pills in particular, the drugs cause a reaction from the pleasure center of the brain that trigger an undeniable craving that insists on being satisfied. The physiological response to the drugs when first ingested is a reduction in pain. As long as pain exists in the body, the pain pills can reduce that pain and help with recovery from the reason the drugs were initially introduced. However, if an inclination exists, the craving for the feelings the pain pills induce can continue on long after the injury or surgery have healed.

But, just like other diseases, there is help available to heal. If you are or someone you care about is suffering from prescription pain pill addiction, don’t be lead to believe that “you’re just not trying hard enough”, or “you are weak” if you can’t heal it on your own. Not only is it untrue, it’s hurtful and definitely hinders your road to recovery. Call AppleGate Recovery today for a free consultation on how you can stop hurting and start healing from addiction to prescription drugs.

About AppleGate Recovery: AppleGate Recovery is an opiate addiction treatment center offering adult outpatient treatment for prescription drug addiction and pain pill addiction. No Matter Who You Are… Addiction Is A Disease. The physicians and staff at our AppleGate Recovery facilities know that addiction is a disease and administer treatment just as they would for any other disease… with compassion and professionalism.