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Learn to Refrain: The Different Types of Addiction

Addiction affects millions of people worldwide, and understanding its different forms is the first step toward recovery. At Buckeye Recovery Network in Orange County, CA, we provide comprehensive treatment programs tailored to individual needs. Our services include Dual Diagnosis Treatment, Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP), Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP), and Aftercare, all designed to offer advanced options and exceptional care for a successful recovery journey.

The Different Types of Addiction

1. Substance Addiction

What is Substance Addiction?

Substance addiction, or substance use disorder, involves the compulsive use of drugs or alcohol despite harmful consequences. It often leads to physical dependence, where the body adapts to the substance and withdrawal symptoms occur if use is reduced or stopped.

Common Addictive Substances:

  • Alcohol
  • Opioids (e.g., heroin, prescription painkillers)
  • Stimulants (e.g., cocaine, methamphetamine)
  • Cannabis
  • Prescription medications (e.g., benzodiazepines)

Symptoms of Substance Addiction:

  • Cravings for the substance
  • Inability to stop using the substance
  • Withdrawal symptoms (e.g., nausea, sweating, shaking)
  • Neglecting responsibilities and relationships
  • Continuing use despite negative consequences
  • Developing tolerance (needing more of the substance to achieve the same effect)

Treatment at Buckeye Recovery Network:

We treat substance addiction with medically supervised detoxification, personalized therapy sessions, and holistic treatments. Our Dual Diagnosis Treatment program also addresses co-occurring mental health disorders, offering a well-rounded approach to recovery.

2. Behavioral Addiction

What is Behavioral Addiction?

Behavioral addiction, or process addiction, involves compulsive engagement in rewarding behaviors despite negative consequences. Unlike substance addiction, it does not involve a physical substance but can be equally challenging.

Common Behavioral Addictions:

  • Gambling
  • Internet and gaming
  • Shopping
  • Exercise
  • Eating

Symptoms of Behavioral Addiction:

  • Compulsive behavior despite harmful consequences
  • Inability to control the behavior
  • Preoccupation with the behavior
  • Neglecting responsibilities and relationships
  • Feeling anxious or irritable when unable to engage in the behavior
  • Using the behavior to escape problems or negative emotions

Treatment at Buckeye Recovery Network:

We use evidence-based therapies like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) to address behavioral addictions. Our Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) offers flexible treatment schedules, allowing individuals to receive support while maintaining their daily responsibilities.

3. Dual Diagnosis: Treating Co-Occurring Disorders

What is Dual Diagnosis?

Dual Diagnosis refers to having both a mental health disorder and a substance use disorder simultaneously. This condition requires integrated treatment to address both issues concurrently for effective recovery.

Common Co-Occurring Disorders:

  • Depression and alcohol addiction
  • Anxiety and opioid addiction
  • Bipolar disorder and stimulant addiction

Symptoms of Dual Diagnosis:

  • Symptoms of a mental health disorder (e.g., depression, anxiety)
  • Substance use to cope with mental health symptoms
  • Worsening of mental health symptoms due to substance use
  • Difficulty managing daily life and responsibilities
  • Increased risk of relapse if both conditions are not treated

Treatment at Buckeye Recovery Network:

Our Dual Diagnosis Treatment program offers comprehensive care for individuals with co-occurring disorders. We provide personalized treatment plans that include psychotherapy, medication management, and support groups to address both mental health and addiction.

4. Aftercare: Sustaining Long-Term Recovery

What is Aftercare?

Aftercare provides ongoing support and resources to help individuals maintain sobriety and prevent relapse after completing a primary treatment program. It is a crucial part of the recovery process, offering continued guidance and encouragement.

Components of Effective Aftercare:

  • Support groups and peer networks
  • Continued therapy and counseling
  • Sober living environments
  • Relapse prevention planning

Symptoms of Needing Aftercare:

  • Fear of relapse after treatment
  • Lack of support system
  • Difficulty transitioning back to daily life
  • Lingering mental health issues
  • Need for ongoing guidance and accountability

Treatment at Buckeye Recovery Network:

Our Aftercare services include ongoing therapy sessions, support group meetings, and access to sober living facilities. We ensure that individuals have the tools and support they need for a successful recovery journey.

Need Help? Contact Our Team

Understanding the different types of addiction is crucial in seeking the right help and treatment. At Buckeye Recovery Network, we are dedicated to providing advanced treatment options and exceptional care tailored to each individual. Our programs, including Dual Diagnosis Treatment, IOP, PHP, and Aftercare, offer the support and resources necessary for lasting recovery. If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction, contact our team for help. Share this blog post to spread awareness and encourage others to seek the support they need.


The most effective treatment for substance addiction often includes a combination of medically supervised detox, personalized therapy, and holistic treatments. At Buckeye Recovery Network, we tailor our programs to meet each individual’s unique needs.

Signs of behavioral addiction include compulsively engaging in activities despite negative consequences, inability to control the behavior, and significant distress or impairment. If you think you might have a behavioral addiction, seeking professional help is important.

Yes, mental health disorders can contribute to addiction, and vice versa. This is known as Dual Diagnosis, where someone has both a mental health disorder and a substance use disorder. Treating both conditions simultaneously is crucial for effective recovery.

After completing an addiction treatment program, Aftercare services such as ongoing therapy, support groups, sober living environments, and relapse prevention planning are available to help maintain sobriety and prevent relapse.

You can support a loved one struggling with addiction by offering emotional support, encouraging them to seek professional help, and being involved in their recovery process. Educating yourself about addiction and available treatments can also be helpful.

Today is going to be the best day of your life.

Kelsey Gearhart

Director of Business Development

Kelsey carries multiple years of experience working in the substance abuse and mental health treatment field. Her passion for this field comes from her personally knowing recovery from addiction.

Prior to Buckeye she held titles of Recovery Coach, Operations Director, and Admissions Director. Kelsey was brought on at Buckeye Recovery as the Director of Business Development. She has a passion for ensuring every individual gets the help that they need, and does so by developing relationships with other providers.

Kelsey also oversees our women’s sober living environments – The Chadwick House for Women. She is committed to creating a safe, nurturing, and conducive environment for all women that walk through the doors of Chadwick.