Addiction and addictive behaviors have devastating effects on the lives of people who suffer with the addiction as well as loved ones. Addiction leads to severe physical and mental health problems. Relationships with loved ones are negatively impacted. Drugs, alcohol, or addictive behaviors take priority over family and friends. Some people suffer from an addiction to gambling, gaming, using the Internet, social media, or sex. All addictions interfere with a person’s ability to live in a productive, healthy way.

Substance abuse affects a person’s brain. The brain is controlled by the drug or alcohol and becomes physically dependent on the substances to function. When a person reaches a tolerance level, he or she needs to use more and more of it to achieve the same euphoric feeling they did the first time. Addiction changes the brain and affects the organs in the body. It causes brain damage, heart attacks, liver failure, overdose, and early death.

When a person has an addiction to the Internet, he or she spends a lot of time withdrawing from loved ones and lives in seclusion. This affects relationships, productivity at work, and mental health. The person with the addiction obsesses about the next time he or she can go online. The individual develops relationships with characters in a fantasy world, rather than encounter real-life human connections. This allows the person to escape from reality, stress, and anxiety.

If an individual is addicted to gambling, he or she loses the ability to know when to stop. Gambling becomes the number one priority and is constantly on the person’s mind. He or she might even gamble secretly to avoid shaming from family and friends. A person addicted to gambling will not stop spending and thinks of ways to get more money to spend on gambling.

The person’s responsibilities are affected by his or her gambling addiction. Relationships, finances, and the person’s career are jeopardized by the gambling problem.

Addiction ruins lives, but recovery is possible with the right treatment program and support from loved ones. Cypress Lakes Lodge is committed to their clients’ physical, mental, and physiological health, and offers aftercare services beyond treatment. If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction, call today to get help. Sobriety can be fun and you will learn to explore things that are new and nurture your needs in a productive and healthy way.

Cypress Lakes Lodge offers treatment for substance addiction, addictive behavior, and mental health conditions in a serene, natural, oxygen-rich, lush green environment. The program encompasses holistic addiction therapy for the mind, body, and soul. The focus is on physical, mental, and emotional well-being by generating the balance of life-enriching treatment, wellness, and healthy sober relationships that are sustainable. Call us to get started: 409-331-2204