Addiction refers to the chronic use of a substance or behavior even in the face of severe consequences.  This may include the use of legal or illegal drugs or behaviors including, but not limited to, gambling, gaming, sex, or food.   Addiction is considered a disease of the brain’s reward system.  It drives an individual to perform one specific activity above all others.  The result is a profound neglect of all important facets of a person’s life.  These drives may be so strong that it can destroy one’s life and may even lead to death.

If you are suffering from an addiction, chances are that it may be almost impossible to imagine a life without your drug of choice.  You likely spend significant time convincing yourself that the problem really isn’t as bad as others believe.  You may even believe no one else even knows.  It is easier to make excuses and live in denial than it is to confront your issues.  The sheer thought of confrontation may cause so much anxiety that it may even drive further use thus perpetuating the problem.

However, you are not alone and there is help.  Overcoming an addiction is perhaps one of the hardest journeys you will take.  While it may seem impossible, it isn’t.  You cannot make the journey alone and a strong support system is imperative.  Whether you are addicted to heroin, prescription pain pills, gambling, sex, or any other drug or activity, we can help you on your way to recovery.  We will work with you to build the support structure you need to stay on track.  Furthermore, when needed, we can provide medications to help with the withdrawal, anxiety, and depression that you may experience on your way to recovery.

Acknowledging that you have an addiction is the first step to recovery.  Psychiatric Associates of Pennsylvania can help you succeed.