Substance Abuse and Addiction Disorders

Addiction is a serious medical condition that affects all aspects of a person’s life. While people commonly associate addiction with drug abuse, there are a variety of other addiction disorders that affect people across the globe.

What Are Addiction Disorders?

Addiction is a disease marked by an unavoidable desire to partake in a substance or activity despite the negative consequences. People with this condition experience severe cravings for their addiction, even if it affects their relationships, work, or personal life.

Addictions can include substances, from alcohol or drug use, to actions, like gambling or shopping.

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Risk Factors for Addictive Disorders

According to the American Psychiatric Association (APA), biological, psychological, and environmental factors all play a role in the likelihood of someone developing an addiction. Similar to other mental health disorders, genetics plays a factor.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), as part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), explains that certain genes influence the number of receptors in our brains and how they respond to medication or drugs. These genetics influence whether or not a person is more likely to develop an addiction.

Addiction Treatment Programs at Meridian

Meridian HealthCare has been helping people navigate addiction recovery for over 50 years.

Treatment approaches at Meridian include detoxification, managing withdrawal symptoms, psychiatry, counseling, outpatient treatment programs, support groups, and even adolescent prevention programs. For more information on addiction treatment options for yourself, your family members or your friends, reach out to Meridian HealthCare.

Meridian Campus
527 North Meridian Road
Youngstown, OH 44509

Phone: 330-797-0070

*Offers Medication Assisted Treatment, Outpatient Treatment, Youth and Young Adult

Warren Office
320 High Street NE
Warren, OH 44481
Phone: 330-318-3873

*Offers Medication Assisted Treatment and Outpatient Treatment

South Campus
550 W. Chalmers Ave
Youngstown, OH 44511
Phone: 330-746-7829

*Offers Outpatient Treatment and Inpatient/Detox/Residential Treatment

Understanding Addictive Substances

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) conducts a yearly national survey on the most abused substances. The following addiction disorders are most common among individuals ages 12 and older.

Alcohol Use Disorder

Alcohol abuse is common across America, and excessive alcohol use can cause health problems, whether or not there is an addiction. Alcohol’s accessibility makes it easy for addictions to develop, and alcoholism is marked by an individual becoming dependent on the substance.

Substance Use Disorder

Substance-related addictions (drugs) are also extremely common and range from abused legal substances to illicit drugs. Substance use disorder develops when the person continues to use the substance despite legal problems and other negative consequences.

Common Drug Addictions

    • Opioids/Opiates
    • Amphetamines
    • Methamphetamine
    • Hallucinogens
    • Stimulants
    • Inhalants
    • Sedatives
    • Painkillers
    • Phencyclidine (PCP)

Gambling Addiction

Not all addictions involve ingesting a substance; problem gambling is a growing concern in the United States.

A gambling addiction occurs when a person continually participates in gambling activities, including betting or visiting casinos. Typically, someone with this type of addiction will gamble larger and larger amounts of money over time.

Co-Occurring Disorders

Addiction often co-occurs with other mental illnesses as described in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), such as depression or anxiety disorder.

When going through addiction treatment, it’s important to also address other mental conditions that may be present. Co-occurring treatment often includes counseling (such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) or medication-assisted treatment (MAT). During MAT, methadone or suboxone addiction medicines are utilized to manage withdrawal symptoms as monitored by a doctor.

Find Recovery at Meridian

Meridian HealthCare has treatment options for people with any type of addiction disorder, and we’re ready to help guide you toward a better tomorrow.

Support recovery for yourself or a loved one with a personalized treatment plan designed by certified, experienced mental health professionals. Find your hope at Meridian.

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