The Disease Model of Addiction
Phases of Addiction
The first stage is exposure and experimentation. It’s important to note that not everyone who is exposed to a substance will develop an addiction, and use is not the same as dependence. However, gradually the body and mind develop tolerance, wherein they become less reactive to the effects of the substance, and more and more is needed in order to achieve the same effects. This can easily lead to dependence, wherein the body and mind actually rely on the substance in order to function normally. This reliance is emotional, mental, and physical.
Commonly Abused Substances
Addiction can look different and function differently, depending on which substance is being abused. Often, people have co-occurring disorders and utilize several different substances. Here are some commonly abused substances for which we treat patients:
- Prescription Painkillers
- Marijuana (cannabis)
- Ecstasy (MDMA/Molly)
- Prescription stimulants
- Amphetamines (i.e. Adderall® etc.)
- Methylphenidate (i.e. Ritalin® etc.)
If you, or a loved one, is dealing with addiction, you’re not alone. Here at Renaissance Ranch, we’ve been leading the charge for addiction recovery in Utah for many years. Call us to learn more about our outpatient programs.