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Does Addiction Get Worse Without Professional Treatment?

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Addiction is a complex and chronic disease that can have significant impacts on an individual’s physical and mental health, as well as their relationships and overall quality of life. Unfortunately, since addiction is characterized by a lack of control over one’s substance use, the majority of people require professional treatment to achieve long-term recovery. Without treatment, addiction and alcoholism are likely to get worse.

Addiction is a Progressive Disease

It is essential to understand that addiction is a progressive disease. Without intervention, it can continue to worsen over time, leading to severe health consequences, financial instability, legal issues, and damage to personal relationships. Most people who use drugs do not do so with the intent of becoming addicted. Experimental drug use can arise from curiosity, peer pressure, painful emotions, trauma, or mental health issues. While initial drug use may be a choice, once drug use progresses into addiction the question of choice is non-existent. People struggling with addiction have a disease that affects their impulse control, decision-making, thought processes, feelings, priorities, and more. These effects are not a question of morality. In fact, addiction actually fundamentally alters the brain’s chemistry, causing individuals to prioritize drug use over other aspects of their lives, including work, family, and personal responsibilities. In addition to altering one’s brain chemistry, addiction also alters physiology. After long-term, regular drug or alcohol use, the body becomes physically dependent on drugs/alcohol. When someone who is physically dependent suddenly stops using the substance they are addicted to, they experience painful and sometimes life-threatening withdrawal symptoms. These withdrawal symptoms often cause people to continue using drugs or alcohol so they don’t feel sick. People in the early stages of addiction may be able to manage certain obligations while hiding their substance abuse. But as their addiction continues to progress, the signs of addiction become more evident to the people around them, and consequences start building up. Their tolerance increases so they start using more drugs and alcohol, and their physical dependence grows, too, resulting in worsening withdrawal symptoms over time.

The Importance of Professional Addiction Treatment

Without rehab, individuals with addiction may continue to use drugs or alcohol despite negative consequences, including job loss, financial ruin, and health problems. This can lead to a vicious cycle of addiction, where the individual’s dependence on drugs or alcohol becomes increasingly severe, making it even more challenging to get sober Additionally, attempting to recover from addiction without supervised treatment can be dangerous and even life-threatening. Withdrawal symptoms from drugs like opioids or benzodiazepines can be severe, including seizures, delirium, and cardiac arrest. The psychological effects of addiction withdrawal can also be significant, including depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts. People who try to detox on their own often end up relapsing before they have completed the detoxification process. Addiction treatment centers provide a safe, supportive environment for individuals to detox from drugs or alcohol and begin the recovery process. Treatment programs are designed to address the physical, emotional, and social aspects of addiction, offering a range of therapies and interventions to help individuals overcome addiction and develop healthy coping strategies so clients don’t fall back into the vicious cycle of addiction.

Benefits of Addiction Treatment

There are many key benefits of attending a professional addiction treatment program if you’re struggling with drug or alcohol abuse, such as:
  • Serious health problems (including liver disease, certain types of cancers, respiratory problems, heart disease, infections, and more)
  • Drug overdose
  • Broken friendships, relationships, and marriages
  • Financial difficulty
  • Legal problems
  • Social isolation
  • Poor self-esteem
  • Mental health problems (including depression and anxiety)
  • Decreased quality of life
  • Shortened lifespan

If you or a loved one are struggling with addiction, these potential consequences may become your reality if you don’t get the help you deserve.

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Woburn Wellness Addiction Treatment is a leader in the addiction treatment field, with proven success in facilitating long-term recovery. Our team of top clinical & medical experts specializes in treating addiction coupled with mental illness, ensuring that each person receives individualized care. Call us – we’re available 24/day, 7 days/week.

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Here at Woburn Wellness, each of our clients receives an individually-tailored treatment plan based on their needs, providing them with the best path toward recovery. To learn more about our addiction treatment programs or to find help for yourself or a loved one, please contact us today.


Inessa Maloney, MS, LMHC
Clinical Director

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