Mirror, Inc. defines addiction as a chronic disease that is characterized by compulsive drug seeking and use despite harmful consequences. It is also characterized by a high potential for relapse. It is considered a disease due to the structural changes that occur in the brain, which affect its functioning. These changes can be long lasting and can lead to harmful behaviors. If left untreated, consequences of this disease can last a lifetime and can result in death due to the effects of use
other organ systems within the body. As with other chronic diseases, addiction can be managed successfully. The goal in our treatment approach is to assist our clients to achieve success in counteracting addiction’s powerful, disruptive effects on brain and behavior so that they may regain control of their lives. This is done by tailoring treatment to address each client’s alcohol and drug abuse patterns and drug-related medical, psychological and social problems. Emphasis is placed on using cognitive / behavioral and other research based approaches.