Addiction to anything is harmful. Moreover, addiction to substance which affects the nervous system of the individual such as caffeine, nicotine, alcohol, stimulants, anti depressants, pain relievers, morphine and other such substances not only affect the physical health but it also affects the mental, emotional and financial health of the individual. Addiction is faster and stronger in case such substances are inhaled or injected.
Addiction can be defined as a psychological craving or compulsive urge to consume a particular substance even though the individual is aware of the consequences of such consumption. There is a psychological dependence on such substances and the body with time and consumption develops a tolerance for such substances. This tolerance is so high that when the individual wishes to come out of such addiction, he is most certain to face various withdrawal symptoms ranging from headaches to dizziness to increase in blood pressure and heart rate. At times such withdrawal symptoms are even fatal and thus de-addiction needs to be done under medical supervision.
Addiction should be treated at the earliest possible stages and such treatment gives better results in case the individuals themselves willingly want to come out of such addiction.
Depending on the nature of substance, quantity of substance administered and the duration, for which such addiction has been continued, the treatment differs from case to case. In case the patients are stable enough to keep them away from further consumption of such substances, then the patients can be treated at an out-patient facility locally where they can attend regular counseling sessions either individually or in groups to heal themselves while continuing with their regular routines. In case the addiction is sever and the patient needs to be isolated from the source of such substance apart from regular medical intervention, the patient needs to be referred to an in-patient facility which is also commonly known as rehabilitation homes. Treatment for alcohol and substance addiction is also provided at recovery or sober houses. The possibility of addiction is more in case there has been a family history of addiction or the patient has in the recent past had a psychological trauma leading to stress or depression or the patient has had experienced a neglected or abused childhood.
Addiction is difficult to treat but is completely treatable. Though such treatments often have a risk of relapse of such addiction but most treatment centers across US provide after therapy consultations to reduce such chances of relapse. Chicago, being a developed city of US has a fair share of such treatment centers providing either out-patient or in-patient or both facilities to treat cases of alcohol or drug addiction.