Addiction is a serious mental health disorder that affects over 42 million men and women in the U.S. today. Like most illnesses, addiction has different stages or levels that can lead to severe addiction. Understanding the levels of addiction can help stop the abuse before it worsens and causes serious physical and mental harm. For men and women struggling with substance abuse, an addiction treatment program is the safest way to reach sobriety and maintain it for life.
Arkview Recovery supports men and women struggling with alcohol, opioids, or prescription medication addiction. We combine behavioral and holistic therapies with medication-assisted treatment for an effective recovery program with fewer risks of relapse. Patients gain a better understanding of their addiction and learn healthy coping skills to maintain their sobriety. For more information about our addiction treatment program and how it can benefit your recovery, call 717.744.0756 today to speak with our compassionate staff.
Addiction is a mental health disorder that comes with a wide range of symptoms and causes.
Drugs and alcohol have a physical effect on your body and can disrupt the delicate chemical balance in your system. It stops the natural production of dopamine and other neurotransmitters responsible for keeping you healthy and happy.
With continued substance abuse, you are putting yourself at a high risk of:
- Creating a physical dependence on the substance
- Liver failure
- Kidney damage
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
- Significant cognitive decline
At Arkview Recovery, we understand how dangerous addiction can be and provide safe and effective addiction treatment programs for men and women ready to make a real change. We can help with any stage of recovery, from detox and residential treatment to outpatient and aftercare programs.
What Are the 4 Levels of Addiction?
Each person will go through the levels of addiction if they continue to abuse drugs or alcohol no matter how much they use each time. Many people wrongly assume that they can avoid forming an addiction if they micro-dose. In reality, they will still end up with a serious addiction that can take several months to recover.
The four levels of addiction include:
- Experimentation – This stage can happen as early as 11 years of age and is almost accepted in our society. We grow up watching our parents drink or use drugs and form a subconscious desire to experiment without even knowing what it is.
- Regular use – It can be effortless to go from one or two drinks a week to several times a week to a daily occurrence without even realizing it. Tolerance levels increase, and you take more to feel the same effects.
- High-risk use – This level of addiction involves drinking or drug use to the point where it is beginning to cause problems in someone’s daily life. They will go to great lengths to hide their abuse and often feel ashamed but unable or unwilling to quit.
- Addiction – This final stage happens when men and women cannot function without abusing more drugs or alcohol. Withdrawal symptoms are severe and can cause significant pain and discomfort. Patients who try to detox alone are at serious risk of relapsing and death.
Join Arkview Recovery Center Today for Our Effective Addiction Treatment Programs
At Arkview Recovery, we provide compassionate support for men and women struggling with addiction to heroin, alcohol, or other substances. Our behavioral therapists have experience treating all levels of addiction and helping patients understand the thoughts and behaviors that are fueling their abuse. We offer a full range of addiction treatment programs, such as:
- Drug and alcohol detox
- Residential treatment program
- Partial hospitalization program
- Intensive outpatient program
- Separate men’s and women’s rehab
- Dual diagnosis treatment
To help yourself or a loved one struggling with addiction, call 717.744.0756 today or fill out our online form for more information about our addiction treatment programs.