The Center for Addiction Medicine is the first and only private medical practice in the state of Nevada dedicated specifically to the treatment and recovery of alcoholism and other drug addictions.

Understanding addiction

Addiction is a disease. More precisely, it is a biopsychosocial disease. That is, the manifestation, maintenance and course of addiction are influenced by biological vulnerabilities, psychological predispositions and pervasive social factors. Addiction disease in an epidemic in the United States, and one from which no age, race or social status is immune.

However, the recognition that addiction is a disease does not mean that an addict is simply a hapless victim. Addiction begins with the voluntary behavior of using drugs, and although genetic characteristics may predispose individuals to be more of less susceptible to addiction, an addict must participate in and take some significant responsibility for his or her recovery.

Thus, having this brain disease does not absolve the addict of responsibility for his or her behavior. But it does explain why an addict cannot simply stop using drugs by sheer force of will alone.

Addiction disease is treatable.

As with any other disease, early detection and proper treatment provide the greatest hope for successful, long-term recovery. There is help. There is hope.

The Center for Addiction Medicine and the Living In Balance intensive outpatient program rely upon cognitive, behavioral and experimental treatment approaches that are specific to a patient’s needs. The treatment programs are effective, unobtrusive, inexpensive, and usually covered by a patient’s health insurance plan.