Addiction is a progressive illness. The amount used, the frequency and consistency of use, and the damage done in terms of health, well-being, and one’s relationship with others follows a predictable trajectory. There may be brief interludes where it all seems manageable, but they are almost always followed by a worsening of circumstances, further isolation and despair, and bewilderment at how all of this could have ever happened again.
Addiction, whether to alcohol, prescription pills, heroin or other opiates, or stimulants, is almost invariably too powerful for the individual to overcome on their own. In its early stages, this often isn’t apparent to the user or others, and there is little incentive to stop.
As dependency develops, the user might see signs to moderate or stop, but the payoff for continuing the drug in question (to the user) outweighs the costs, and in spite of all the consequences, the user will continue to use. Skewed perception will gain its own momentum and is usually only interrupted by an unforeseen moment of clarity where the addict suddenly gains a reasonable perspective on his or her condition, or by an external event like an intervention, arrest, or accident. Because we at Level Up Palm Beach County know that addiction is a three-fold disease—one of body, mind, and spirit—we have designed our treatment program to address each of these aspects in order to treat the person as a whole.