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Addiction disorders are mental illnesses that often have multiple, complex root causes and related mental disorders. Addiction disorders alter how clients perceive needs, risks, and rewards, causing them to engage in risky, destructive behaviors. Though addiction disorders are commonly associated with substance use, addiction disorders can involve behaviors such as gambling or unsafe sexual practices.

Damages Caused by Addiction Disorders

The brains of people with addiction disorders are configured to place a high priority on the object of addiction. Even when the first exposure to the addictive element is deliberate, the effects of the disorder lower the affected person’s capacity for self-control, creating a vicious cycle of highs associated with exposure to the addictive element and lows including physical and psychological symptoms of withdrawal. As the afflicted person intensifies their efforts to satisfy the addiction, their overall quality of life will suffer greatly. Daily tasks such as work, school, family life, and personal health upkeep will be neglected. As the addiction intensifies, the afflicted person will behave more erratically and dangerously, even considering crime and violence as means to access the object of addiction. When the object of addiction is a harmful substance such as alcohol or opiates, the person’s physical health can deteriorate to the point of death.

Treatment Is Not the End

Addiction disorders are chronic mental disorders that will last for the duration of the person’s life. Because of this, people who complete addiction therapy are still at risk to relapse into their previous destructive behaviors. Affected people will need to implement significant lifestyle changes to reduce the risk of a relapse. Since no two people afflicted with addiction disorders have the same set of circumstances, there is no singular method to preventing relapses.

How La Ventana Can Help Clients Overcome Addiction Disorders

La Ventana’s treatment centers in Thousand Oaks and Agoura Hills consider addiction disorders as diseases and treat each client with the utmost respect and care. Our care starts with an assessment of the client’s physical and mental state, determining the health conditions and root causes that enable the addiction disorder. Our trained staff will implement individualized treatment plans to remove harmful substances from clients’ bodies, manage the effects of withdrawal, address the root causes of the addictive behavior through multiple types of therapy, and guide clients’ retransitions into society. Unlike treating recurring diseases like the common cold, La Ventana strives to give clients the care they need to control, minimize, or neutralize the factors in their lives that promote addictive behaviors.

La Ventana Treatment Programs strive to provide a safe, non-judgmental, guilt-free environment where clients can learn to manage their addictive disorders. To help put potential clients’ minds at ease, La Ventana offers free tours of our facilities and complimentary assessments. Please feel free to contact us by filling out our online form, calling us at (800) 560-8518, or emailing us at

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