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Addiction Disease

At Bayshore, we recognize that addiction is neither a choice nor a manifestation of a lack of strength or willpower. Rather, we recognize that addiction is a disease, subject to physiological processes, to genetic, environmental, and behavioral risk factors, and to prevention and treatment much as heart disease and cancer are.

What Is Addiction?

Addiction is a complex biological, psychological, and behavioral process. It involves substantive changes in the structures and functioning of the brain, which then drive addictive behaviors.

When you are addicted, your brain and body are, in essence, hijacked. The craving for the substance, whether it be drugs, alcohol, tobacco, food (or even some other addictive behavior, such as gambling, shopping, or sex), can quickly become all-consuming. Your life becomes centered on the next high–planning it, experiencing it, or coming down from it.

Like many chronic diseases, some persons are more susceptible to addiction than others. If you have a family history of addiction, then you may be at risk due to both genetic vulnerabilities and environmental factors. Likewise, if you have a history of trauma, particularly of traumas experienced in childhood, then your likelihood of developing a substance use disorder (SUD) is substantially higher than the general population.

As with any chronic disease, addiction, when left untreated, is progressive, persistent, and life-threatening.

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How Bayshore Can Help

At Bayshore, we recognize that the experience of addiction disease is unique for every patient. As such, we provide comprehensive, evidence-based, and whole-person care. Our goal is to partner with our clients to understand and address the root causes of the disease while cultivating strategies to help our clients build a healthy lifestyle that truly supports long-term recovery.

For patients with a history of trauma, for instance, we offer a host of treatment options, including EMDR (eye-movement desensitization and reprocessing), an innovative approach that is showing tremendous promise in the effective treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Whether or not you have experienced trauma in the past, Bayshore’s multidisciplinary team of physicians, psychologists, addiction recovery experts, nutritionists, and life coaches embraces a holistic approach to addiction disease recovery. This would include the combined use of psychotherapeutic approaches, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), nutrition education, massage and yoga classes, and art and music therapy.

Since we recognize that addiction disease is a disorder that involves often significant changes in brain structures and functioning, we also offer pharmacological therapies as appropriate, including for the treatment of co-occurring psychiatric disorders.


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