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What is Addiction

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Addiction is a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory and related circuitry. Dysfunction in these circuits leads to characteristic biological, psychological, social and spiritual manifestations. This is reflected in an individual pathologically pursuing reward and/or relief by substance use and other behaviors. Addiction is characterized by inability to consistently abstain, impairment in behavioral control, craving, diminished recognition of significant problems with one’s behaviors and interpersonal relationships, and a dysfunctional emotional response. Like other chronic diseases, addiction often involves cycles of relapse and remission. Without treatment or engagement in recovery activities, addiction is progressive and can result in disability or premature death.


At MyLife Recovery Centers™ we understand the complexity of the question, “What is addiction?” We see patient after patient who has “tried and failed everything.” Many of our patients have previously attempted willpower approaches, inpatient detox, residential recovery centers, outpatient recovery centers, counseling, psychiatrists, group meetings, and every other imaginable program available. Yet despite participating in these programs with committed intentions, they seem to be unable to overcome the incessant desire to drink or use. This is because addiction is a chronic brain disease that has a major physiological component that is not addressed in most conventional treatment programs. MyLife Recovery Centers™ provides a truly comprehensive, medically based approach to addiction. We not only provide medicines to allow the body to safely and comfortably detoxify from the physical dependence on alcohol, opiates and other drugs, but we address the compulsive physical cravings that linger for many months (or years) after cessation. The very effective Naltrexone implant will significantly reduce or eliminate the nagging and constant impulses within the fragile ecosystem of the mind. Subcutaneously placed, the dangerous variable of compliance with a daily pill, or a monthly shot, is removed. Untethered and relieved from the burdensome desire to drink and use opiates, our patients can focus on the counseling and succeed in the behavioral modification required for long-term sobriety. Self-realized and confident, our patients can live the life they were meant to live!


Alcoholism is a complex disease. It is not a moral failing or a weakness. It’s a chronic, multifactorial disease of the brain that has two major components. Those are the psychosocial component and the physiological component. In our country and most countries in the world, only the psychosocial component has been addressed.

MyLife Recovery Centers™ deals both the psychosocial and the physiological components.

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