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Addiction Specialist

Lagniappe Medical Clinic -  - Primary Care Physician

Lagniappe Medical Clinic

Primary Care Physicians & Multi-Specialty Group located in Columbia, SC & Blythewood, SC

Addiction is a disease that can wreck your life, causing irreparable damage to your health and affecting everyone around you. Fortunately, the highly experienced health care team at Lagniappe Medical Clinic provides treatment programs that can help you overcome your addiction and improve your prospects. With convenient locations in Columbia, Blythewood, and West Columbia, Lagniappe Medical Clinic has an office near you in South Carolina, so call them today, or book an appointment online.

Addiction Q & A

What is addiction?

Addiction is a chronic disease state typified by the feeling that you’re unable to function without your substance of choice. The American Medical Association, the leading medical authority in the United States, classifies it as a disease, as do most other medical associations. 

The nature of addiction and how it works in different people and with different substances is notoriously complex, but it can have serious effects on the lives of people affected, leading to:

  • Damaged relationships
  • Family breakdown
  • Difficulties at work
  • Loss of employment
  • Loss of control
  • Preoccupation with the substance concerned
  • Inability to quit
  • Building up a tolerance to the effects of the substance
  • Withdrawal symptoms if you try to quit using

People who have addictions continue to use their substance of choice even when they know that their lives are deteriorating, their health is suffering, and they are at risk of premature death.

The Center on Addiction reports that around 40 million Americans aged 12 or over have substance abuse problems or addictions to drugs, nicotine, or alcohol.

What causes addiction?

Addiction is much the same as other serious diseases that affect millions of people each year, such as heart disease, cancer, and type 2 diabetes, in that the causes are a combination of biology, environment, and behavior.

Genetics plays a significant part in determining the likelihood someone will suffer from addiction, accounting for about 50% of the risk. If other risk factors come together in the right combination, addiction can be the consequence.

Is addiction physical or psychological?

Most addictions typically cause both physical and psychological problems. Brain scans of people who have addictions show definite physical changes, and many addictions cause serious physical harm, for example, smoking is well-known to cause heart and lung damage, and alcohol can cause serious cirrhosis of the liver.

The psychological aspects of addiction are in some part due to chemical changes in the brain, but there is a level of addiction that is attributable to purely psychological influences, too. What is clear is that people who have addictions need help just as much as someone who has heart disease or cancer. 

Addiction is not a condition that patients can simply snap out of or get over without treatment and support; fortunately, the team at Lagniappe Medical Clinic provides outstanding services for people affected by addiction. 

What treatments are available for addiction?

Treatment for addiction at Lagniappe Medical Clinic involves weaning the person off their substance of choice using medications or psychological therapies, allowing them the chance to heal physically and adapt to life without being reliant on whatever they’re addicted to. Common substances that are the subject of addiction include:

  • Alcohol
  • Nicotine
  • Prescription opioids
  • Cannabis
  • Illegal narcotics
  • Solvents

At Lagniappe Medical Clinic, the highly skilled medical team can create a customized treatment program to help you or a loved one who's suffering from an addiction. Call the location nearest you today to find out more, or book an appointment online.

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