Drug Abuse & Addiction

Over 200,000 people die every year due to the results of drug abuse and addiction. The effects of addiction take a huge toll, while not fatal, on many more people than this already large number. Families, groups of friends, coworkers and colleagues and even strangers can experience stress and other troubling consequences of drug use.

Addiction is defined as a chronic disease of the brain that causes drug-seeking behaviors and the excessive use of substances. Addiction can’t be overcome alone; even a successful “cold turkey” cessation of drug use, in addition to being medically dangerous, has been proven to be ineffective in long-lasting sobriety. Many who try to quit without help fall victim to relapse triggers.

The first experience with a drug usually results from curiosity or peer pressure. Repeated drug use begins to affect a person’s perception, the ability to reason logically, and self-control.

Too many people still believe willpower and effort is all they need to get over an addiction, as misguided and troubling an opinion as there is in this world. Lack of willpower is not the reason for continued drug use. Only a strategic treatment plan, including detox, therapy, and inpatient or outpatient treatment can truly address the issue.

Addiction is like gravity – no one can fight it alone forever. Merito knows that addiction is a disease which affects the mind, body, and spirit of an individual. We offer the widest range of therapeutic services available for addicts and their families. Our staff is highly trained in the field of substance abuse. We offer compassion coupled with expertise to get you on the road to a long and fruitful recovery.

“Whether the underlying cause of your dependency is a chemical imbalance, unresolved events from the past, beliefs you hold that are inconsistent with what is true, an inability to cope with current conditions, or a combination of these four causes, know this: not only are all the causes of dependency within you, but all the solutions are within you as well.”
― Chris Prentiss, The Alcoholism and Addiction Cure

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