What is Addiction


As people who are professionally trained, we are qualified to diagnose and treat addiction. Addiction is often complex and involves psychological aspects that are best treated by people specialised and experienced in this field.

People who suffer from addiction frequently believe that they are in control. They would, for example, not know the truth about themselves, even though it is patently obvious to those around them.

We at The River are experts in treating addiction and want to give you an overview of what addiction is. If you recognise one or more of these symptoms in yourself or a family member, please ask for our help.

Addiction is potentially life-threatening, it has also been recently classified as a disease of the brain. Many individuals die from addiction as a result of not seeking help and treatment. Addiction has habitual and ritualistic elements. People dealing with addiction generally agree that it can not be cured; an addict's choices and habits, however, can be changed, enabling that person to live a full and normal life

Breaking an addiction frequently requires a 'detox' treatment, following which residential treatment is advised. Residential treatment generally includes evidence-based therapy and forms of evidence-based and group therapy. Addiction cannot be cured but it can be arrested and successfully treated; from there recovery can be maintained.


Characteristics of Addiction - Am I An Addict?


Addiction can affect anyone (of any gender, age, profession, upbringing, social class, sexuality, nationality, religion or race).

If you are wondering what addiction is and whether you suffer from it, there are certain symptoms you should look for. If you feel that (any of) these symptoms apply to you, we sincerely advise that you seek help.

Each individual that suffers from addiction will be affected in different ways. However, there are 3 basic symptoms of addiction that are common in all:

If you can identify with a “yes”to these 3 core characteristics of addiction, it is likely you are an alcoholic or an addict, or that you have addictive illness. This being the case, you are suffering from a powerful disease of the brain that is beyond your own mental control.

The Addicted Brain


Modern research has shown that an addict's brain is not like a normal brain. Over time, with repeated exposure to a mood and mind-altering substance or activity, the brain's neural pathways rewire to compulsively seek and feed the addiction. This removes the power of choice from the equation.

Addiction is a progressive illness and only ever gets worse with time. As addiction progresses, the negative consequences get bigger and bigger.

Private addiction detox and rehab clinic The River, offers a long-term solution for people addicted to alcohol, drugs or a behaviour. Evidenced-based treatments delivered within the safe and secure in-patient setting of our luxury facility in Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand, can provide you with a firm foundation for sustained recovery from addiction.

If you or a family member feels that you may be suffering from addiction, please take this opportunity to speak to someone on our staff

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