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What is Addiction?​​
According to the American Society of Addiction Medicine, addiction is defined as “Addiction is a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory and related circuitry. Dysfunction in these circuits leads to characteristic biological, psychological, social and spiritual manifestations. This is reflected in the individual pursuing reward and/or relief by substance use and other behaviors. The addiction is characterized by impairment in behavioral control, craving, inability to consistently abstain, and diminished recognition of significant problems with one’s behaviors and interpersonal relationships. Like other chronic diseases, addiction can involve cycles of relapse and remission. Without treatment or engagement in recovery activities, addiction is progressive and can result in disability or premature death.”

Treatment For Addiction
​While there are many types of addiction, TANG specializes in treating addiction to opiates and opioids. Our facilities institute treatment for opioid dependency through Methadone Detoxification, Methadone Maintenance, and counseling.

What Are Opioids?

​Opioids are a class of natural, semi-synthetic and synthetic narcotics that are derived from the opium poppy and/or are synthesized in pharmaceutical laboratories.
Visit our Frequently Asked Page for commonly asked questions and answers about methadone maintenance treatment. 
Substances in the opioid family include both legal and illegal drugs:

Codeine, OxyContin™, Fentanyl, Percoset™, Vicodin™, etc. (“Pain Pills”) Morphine
​Illegal: Heroin

​Opioids are among the most abused substances. Opioids affect the brain receptors that govern the release of neurotransmitters (e.g., dopamine), which in turn regulate emotions and allow an individual to cope with physical pain.

When used correctly – e.g., in a medical setting and under a physician’s supervision – opioids are effective tools for pain management. They can be taken orally or intravenously.

When they are abused, opioids may be administered orally or by snorting, injecting or smoking. Repeated use/abuse of opioids creates the potential for addiction. Physical addiction can occur within 6 weeks of the initial opioid abuse, but psychological addiction can occur in as little as 48 hours. 

Once addicted, opioid-dependent individuals cannot stop abusing opioids without triggering acute withdrawal. During acute withdrawal, the individual suffers from severe flu-like symptoms, pain, depression, and anxiety. Thereafter, post-acute withdrawal can last for months or years. Physical healing of the brain typically begins 12 to 18 months after cessation of opioid abuse.

Medication assisted treatment has been proven to be the most effective method of treating opioid addiction. Click here to find a location near you and speak with a TANG team member about the possibilities of treatment.