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what is Addiction?

Addiction, clinically referred to as a substance use disorder is a complex disease of the brain and body that involves compulsive use of one or more substances despite serious health and social consequences. Addiction disrupts regions of the brain that are responsible for reward, motivation, learning, judgment, and memory.

The National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) defines addiction as a chronic disorder characterized by compulsive drug seeking, continued use despite harmful consequences, and can result in long-lasting changes in the brain. It’s more complicated than other diseases, as it’s considered both a complex brain disorder and a mental illness.


It is important to remember is that all substance use disorders are treatable regardless of the severity. The earlier you take steps to help a loved one, friend, or yourself the better.

what addiction leads to

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Make a Plan

A successful Treatment & Recovery Plan may incorporate multiple components targeting specific aspects of the addiction and its consequences. It's key to have a solid support system to help you through the plan such as family, support groups, or even religion-based support.

Don't do this Alone

If you could stop on your own you would have by now

Lori Patterson

Lori Patterson

Sevier County Lifeline Coordinator.

Phone: (865) 507-0353


About Treatment

Drug addiction begins with the voluntary act of taking drugs. But over time, a person's ability to choose not to do so becomes compromised. Seeking and taking the drug becomes compulsive. This is mostly due to the effects of long-term drug exposure on brain function. Addiction affects parts of the brain involved in reward and motivation, learning and memory, and control over behavior.

There are many options that have been successful in treating drug addiction, including behavioral counseling; medication; medical devices, and applications used to treat withdrawal symptoms or deliver skills training; evaluation and treatment for co-occurring mental health issues such as depression and anxiety; and long-term follow-up to prevent relapse.

A range of care with an additional treatment program and follow-up options can be crucial to success. Treatment should include both medical and mental health services as needed. Follow-up care may include community and family support to help you through withdrawals and prevention of relapse.



With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts

- Eleanor Roosevelt


For those seeking Treatment and Recovery Services, there are a number of resources both local and nationwide. Many of these services have made available, online, or "virtual" support, to assist in global efforts to slow the spread of the COVID-19 Pandemic. The Tennessee Department of Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services has more all the resources you need to help.

Types of treatment programs


Clients typically attend no more than nine hours of treatment a week (slightly less for teens) at a specialty facility while continuing to live at home. Many programs make services available in the evenings and on weekends so individuals can remain in school or continue to work.

Clients attend 10-20 hours of treatment a week (slightly less for teens) at a specialty facility while continuing to live at home. Many programs make services available in the evenings and on weekends so individuals can continue to work or stay in school. This is a better option for individuals with accompanying medical or psychological issues who need multiple services or have not been successful in outpatient treatment.

Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)
Clients attend four to eight hours of treatment a day (20 or more a week) while continuing to live at home. Most families use these types of programs when their child needs an intensive and structured experience. Day treatment can be appropriate for individuals with co-occurring mental illnesses.

Residential (rehab)
These programs provide treatment in a residential setting and can last from one month to a year. Typically, residents go through different phases as they progress through the program. During certain phases, contact with your child may be limited. Ask questions about the program’s policies and procedures and any additional services like education or vocational training.

Treatment provided in specialty units of hospitals or medical clinics offering both detox and rehabilitation services. Typically used for people with serious medical conditions or mental disorders.

Medications for Addiction Treatment (MAT)

For individuals with a physical dependency on certain substances, primarily heroin and other opioids, medication such as Methadone, Suboxone, and Vivitrol is provided in a specialized outpatient setting in combination with counseling and other treatment services.

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