There’s no question that addiction is a plague affecting millions across the world.
In the US alone, the NSUDH found that over 20 million adults struggle with a
substance abuse disorder.
You are not alone.
But, you’ve may have heard that addiction is a choice, that it’s something you can
overcome with willpower and if you’re struggling—you just don’t want to change
None of these stigmas could be farther from the truth. Drug and alcohol addiction
is a serious and complex disease that can affect nearly aspect of a person’s life –
from physical and mental health, to work or personal relationships, and even to
The cause for drug and alcohol misuse is different for everyone. Whether it’s self-medication, genetic predisposition
or a coping mechanism with early trauma—working through the core cause of addiction is key at Iris. To give you an
idea, here’s some of the most common causes our patients deal with.
Drug Use From An Early Age:
Since our brains are still developing, experiences
with drugs before age 25 can put you at a higher
risk for addiction and misuse.
In the same way that there are countless causes
for drug misuse and addiction, each substance has
to be handled differently too. And, we offer
different programs for all kinds of substance use
At the end of the day, addiction isn’t limited to drug
use – it affects your entire life. Your psychological
well-being, health, career, and relationships are all
Like with other mental health issues, people use
substances to deal with past trauma to numb the
thought and pain of previous experiences.
Nearly 8.5 million people struggling with addiction
are also battling a mental health disorder. Using
drugs or alcohol to cope is quite common and
generally leads to a dual diagnosis condition.
This includes parental guidance, stress, peer
pressure, and other environmental factors.
Medical Conditions And
According to the Substance Abuse and Mental
Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), over 7
million adults in America are addicted to a
prescription pain reliever. And, with the laxity that
these drugs are given out, there are countless
addictions to other substances that stem from
EFFECTS OF ADDICTION
As a consequence of addiction, people see everything from:
Structural and functional changes in the brain
GI damage leading to inflammation and chronic pain
Liver damage—especially from prescription opioids, heroin and alcohol
Respiratory and cardiovascular problems
And, even indirect consequences. Loss of employment, strained relationships with family/ loved ones and an overall loss of purpose and control in life.
Every single one of these effects can be minimized when you take your recovery into your
own hands and start the journey towards recovery.
And, that’s where we pride ourselves. We’ve taken people from all backgrounds, helped
them find purpose and finally gain control of their lives again.
HELP IS HERE
Addiction is a treatable disease. The first step toward a healthier and happier life—
free of the drugs—is acknowledging the problem, its negative effects on your life, and
your desire to do something about it
At Iris, we understand addiction. Our team of highly-trained professionals help you
turn your motivation to change into actionable steps and build a plan that will guide
you towards recovery.
Call today to set up a complimentary tour and take your first step.