Why Are Alcohol & Drugs Addictive?

Insight from Proven Rehabilitation Professionals

Whether alcohol, drugs, or nicotine, any addictive substance has the same effect on the body: it induces a chemical imbalance resulting from a cycle of pleasure and tension.

When you first consume any type of addictive substance, you likely get a feeling of euphoria, also known as the “high.” However, this euphoria is quickly followed by an unwanted rebound effect, or a "low." These ups and downs occur due to the body fighting to suppress the normal production of chemicals in your brain, the chemicals that produce pleasurable feelings.

After time, instead of pleasure, the chemical reaction can create feelings of depression, anxiety, and irritation. Your body may crave more of the substance to repeat the "high." This dangerous cycle can ultimately lead to loss of control over your own use of alcohol or drugs, eventually resulting in addiction. What once started as a pleasurable high now ends with a seemingly unshakable dependency.

Evidence-Based Techniques to Counter Addiction Withdrawal

At Schick Shadel, we use proven techniques supported by factual evidence that not only help our patients relieve themselves of their addiction, but also work to minimize the discomfort of addiction withdrawal.

These techniques include the following:

  • Initial evaluation of any potential medical issues that could impact detox
  • Administration of specific medications to help counteract withdrawal
  • Nutritional repair and other support when necessary
  • Assessment of any continuing needs after detox, if needed.

Breaking free from your addiction is just 10 days away when you come to Schick Shadel! From alcoholism to meth addiction, we can provide the comprehensive support you need. Our hospital serves patients from all over the U.S. and the world, including California, Washington, Alaska, Oregon, and Idaho.

If you have more questions about the cycle of addiction or finding relief through treatment, we encourage you to contact us today at (888) 802-4206.

*#1 success rate for treating alcoholism based on results of a verified survey of former patients (success being measured as total abstinence for one year and assessed by self-evaluation), as against published success rates from verified, comparable studies of other medical institutions.