Who can get help at an addiction treatment center?

Many people think that addiction treatment centers are there solely to help those individuals who are attempting to overcome an addiction to drugs. While the majority of patients receiving care at these facilities are there for dependence on cocaine, heroin, painkillers and other opiates, there are many others forms of addiction that can be treated by these treatment centers.

What follows, is a list of the most common problems that can be addressed at addiction treatment centers.

The most common forms of addiction

Drug addiction
Drugs remain the most prevalent addiction for which individuals seek treatment. Addiction treatment centers can help care for those who have developed a dependence on:

  • Cocaine addiction and crack cocaine
  • Heroin
  • Opiates, including: prescription painkillers such as Vicodin, OxyContin and other medications
  • Marijuana
  • Crystal Meth
  • Alcohol Addiction

One of the world’s most abused substances is alcohol. Despite its mainstream acceptance throughout various cultures, the destructive nature of alcohol makes it one of the most common reasons given for why people entering an alcohol treatment center. Alcohol addiction can include dependence on one or more of the following:

  • Beer
  • Wine
  • Hard alcohol such as whiskey, scotch or bourbon


Sex Addiction
Many individuals enter treatment to help overcome sex addiction. Those with a sex addiction have an uncontrollable urge to have sex, and do so despite understanding that it is a high-risk behavior with a variety of health-related and psychological consequences. A sexual compulsion such as this is technically deemed an addiction when it begins to interfere with the individual leading a normal, healthy life.

Gambling Addiction
Gambling addiction is one of the fastest growing problems in the addiction community. Fueled by easier access to gambling – via the Internet or new Native American casinos being built throughout the country – many individuals are losing their savings and their families to compulsive gambling. In addition, almost every state now has a lottery, legitimizing further the behavior of the compulsive gambler. Gambling addictions come in many forms, but generally include one or more of the following:

  • Addiction to casino gambling (black jack, craps, roulette, etc.)
  • Addiction to poker (online or card-room based)
  • Addiction to sports betting
  • Addiction to the lottery


Other addictions

The types of addiction listed above make up the majority of those treated around the world, but there are several other, less common addictions that affect individuals every day, including:

  • Addiction to food/compulsive eating behavior
  • Addiction to shopping/spending money
  • Internet addiction (which many experts believe will grow as more and more people perform work and social-related tasks online).


For help with any manner of addiction or compulsive behavior, contact Moonview Sanctuary. Located in a beautiful Santa Monica, California, Moonview offers a highly successful addiction treatment program for individuals struggling with addiction and their families. Combining a holistic approach with modern neurological science, Moonview treats all aspects of the individual, helping them achieve balance and calm, so that they can focus their energies on living a positive, addiction-free life.

Contact Moonview Sanctuary today for more information.

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