While nearly everyone has heard of one type of addiction or another, not everyone understands just what addiction is. Also, few realize just how widespread and varied addiction can be. In the United States, in 2018, over 53 million Americans used illicit drugs. A large portion of these people developed substance use disorder, the inability to regulate one\u2019s intake of a drug. This kind of addiction is the most widely recognized physical addiction. However, there is also psychological addiction often rooted in mental health issues. Understanding the types of addiction is the first step towards getting treatment. If you or a loved one is struggling with substance use disorder, Promises Five Palms is prepared to help you heal. Types of Addiction Substance use disorder or addiction is a disease. When individuals abuse drugs or alcohol, they increase their risk of dependency. In the case of physical addiction, the substance alters the individual\u2019s brain chemistry through repeated use. This causes changes in personality, affects mood and emotional response, and has deleterious medical effects on the body itself. However, addiction is highly treatable. What matters most when it comes to substance use disorder is being able to recognize the need for treatment and reaching out. Some common types of addiction include: \tHeroin Addiction \tAlcohol Use Disorder \tPrescription Opioid Addiction \tBenzo Addiction \tMarijuana Abuse Almost no one can overcome a physical addiction on their own. Withdrawal symptoms can be so severe and painful that individuals would rather keep using than face them. When individuals do attempt to stop or quit using, they tend to attempt self-detox. Unfortunately, without proper supervision and support, the most common result is a failure. Individuals struggle through withdrawal symptoms like intense craving, tremors, cramping, hallucinations, and seizures only to relapse. Often, when they relapse, they don\u2019t realize their tolerance to their drug of choice has changed. Thus, overdoses and death results. Psychological Addiction Psychological, sometimes called behavioral addictions, usually don\u2019t involve a substance. Rather, as the name implies, they are rooted in a specific behavior motivated by some mental health issues. While drugs or alcohol may not be involved, individuals still exhibit symptoms similar to substance use disorder and experience similar \u2018highs.\u2019 Some examples of psychological addictions include: \tSex addiction \tGambling \tAdrenaline addiction \tInternet or smartphone addiction \tVideo game addiction It\u2019s far too easy for people to dismiss these types of addiction. However, doing so can result in serious harm not just to the individual but those around them. These behaviors share a common link. The persons engaging in the addictions cannot resist the impulse, drive, or temptation to perform them even though they are aware of their negative effects. Also, as with any disease, any addiction, if left untreated, will only worsen. Promises Five Palms If you or a loved one is struggling with a substance use disorder or other types of addiction, getting treatment is necessary. At Promises Five Palms, we can provide some of the best therapeutic services around to address the underlying causes of addiction. For example, we offer: \tCognitive Behavioral Therapy \tDialectical Behavior Therapy \tFamily Therapy \tPTSD Treatment \tDual Diagnosis Treatment So contact us today at to learn more. You can begin your recovery today. Just reach out.