addiction-treatmentWe know more about addiction than ever. So, it’s good to have hope. But you need more than hope. You need more than a strong will. You need more than a stroke of luck. If you really want to break free, you want, you need, expert addiction treatment.

You need Integro Health Systems. Integro has expertise. It has enough to know what’s best for patients is customized solutions. Every patient is unique. Every patient deserves a unique addiction treatment plan custom fit for their unique needs.

Now we can now fight addiction quicker and better than ever. Yes indeed, there is reason to have hope.


Understanding Addiction

The word “addiction” is derived from a Latin term. Some say it originates from the word addictiō. Others say it stems from, addictus. The Latin meanings are telling. “Enslaved by.” “Bound to.” “Award, yield.” “To devote or give up to a habit or occupation.”

Addiction is not proof someone is a bad person. It is not the result of a lack of morals, character, or willpower. Good things happen to bad people. Good people can make bad choices.

In many cases, the first bad choices leading to addiction are voluntary. Common causes are curiosity, peer pressure, to feel good, to escape stress, and because of underlying behavioral health issues. The bad choices can deal with drinking alcohol. They can deal with use of illicit and prescription drugs. They can involve inhalants, gambling, pornography, and more.

Addictive substances and activities gain power from those first choices. They can turn those first timers into captive, repeat victims. The abuse takes prisoners. It takes a person’s one bad choice, and drives them down a one-way street…the wrong way.

Destination: Destruction.

How Addiction Works

The user literally loses control of their brain. The structure and function of their brain gets altered. The addicted brain assumes command. The pleasure center or reward circuit goes haywire.

When repeated, addictive substances or activities generate less pleasure. To compensate, their use creates a shortcut. It floods the user’s brain with the chemical messenger, dopamine, and other neurotransmitters. The overstimulation creates the “high.” The high becomes the reward. The reward causes the user’s brain to repeat the behavior despite the highly damaging consequences.

Addiction: A Chemical Catch-22

The brain responds to the flooding of dopamine. It thinks it’s acting properly. It cuts production of dopamine as the substance abuse or addictive behavior continues. This makes it more difficult for reward circuit to respond to the pleasure. This “tolerance” reduces the high. The addicted brain demands more of the substance as it tries to chase the earlier dopamine high.

Good decision-making is severely damaged. Intense cravings grow compulsive. They control the person’s concerns. They become the boss of the user’s behavior, and even the boss at their job. Cravings become the ruler of their relationships. They become the manager of their money. They become the holder of their health.

That good person gets lost inside their own body. The addicted brain goes all-in and is all-powerful. Quitting often seems unbearable, if not impossible.

This also can cause the person to lose pleasure in most, or all the other joys in his or her life. Sorry. It doesn’t care about destroying you or anyone else. Addiction becomes a chemical “Catch-22” scenario. It can’t stop. It can’t continue either. That is, until the user discovers the right solutions for their recovery.


Arguments on Addiction:

There are many debates between experts. They are many arguments between friends and family members. Addicts themselves may wonder. For instance:

  • Why do some people get hooked, and not others?

As in other health issues, genetics can play a leading role. This is true in behavioral health, mental health, emotional health, and physical health. The genes you are born can place you at a greater risk of addiction. Just think of this gut-wrenching but glaring example. Every day, innocent babies are born to mothers who have snorted cocaine and abused alcohol during pregnancy.

One’s ethnicity, and gender can be factors. How was the home environment? What did the addicted person see, hear, and learn in their formative years from parents or elders?

How was the surrounding environment? What economic, safety, and peer pressure existed in their school, neighborhood, place of work? What stress and trauma did they experience? Physical and sexual abuse often contribute to drug and alcohol abuse. We also know behavioral health and mental health issues can greatly increase one’s risk of addiction.

When exposure to substance abuse happens is also critical. The earlier in life it happens, the easier it is for addiction to occur. As a child, it often takes only one mistake suffering a burn, to teach you the lesson of keeping clear from fire. Addiction is much different. It repeatedly takes advantage of that one mistake. It holds the user’s feet to the fire. The flame burns the person over and over and over again.

  • Is addiction a disease or a mental illness?

At Integro, we view addiction as a complex, chronic disease. This is because of the known changes we know it causes in the brain. For this same reason, we also view addiction as a “relapsing” disease.

We see it even after years of recovery and healthy behavior. Clean and sober can crash and burn. Those who fell victim to substance abuse and other addictive disorders remain at increased risk. Long after the drugs, alcohol, and activities are seemingly out of their system, a relapse remains possible.

Relapses are not a given. They can be prevented and avoided. But even if a person relapses, it doesn’t mean they or their treatment program is a failure. No, it is quite the contrary.

Remember, addiction is a chronic disease.

In most cases with chronic diseases, such as asthma or diabetes, the patient isn’t “cured.” However, they can be managed and treated successfully.

Think also about cancer. All cancer cells can be removed. Remission can become the reward. But we know cancer can return. It often does. Perhaps these examples give you added clarity and a healthy perspective on addiction.

People with behavioral health issues and mental illness, are commonly confronted with addiction. We see and understand the correlation of these dually diagnosed patients. Thus, Integro was created. It was built to be of service and assistance to them.

Yes, many questions about addiction remain unanswered. But answers and responses to the problem are known. Effective addiction treatments are available now.


Solutions with Addiction Treatment

Yes, there’s also good news. The power of prayer, love, and the human spirit can be mighty in recovery and redemption. Healing and happiness are enjoyed every day by individuals and families who were once under attack from addiction.

There is no one guaranteed road to recovery. There is no GPS. Every person has different roads they’ve travelled in life. Every person has a different starting point to breaking free. Every person learns and grows differently.

Yes, we see addiction as one big problem. But we can solve it with multiple solutions in addiction treatment.

Integro provides a customized approach for detox, and recovery. It works. Our integrated treatment and services include:

Medical Treatment

Individual Therapy

Group Therapy




Exercise and Rest


Community Service

“When addiction patients walk through our door, the first thing we tell them is there is no judgment. No stigma,” said Karen Godwin-Canulla, M.D. ”We believe in an integrated approach to help people get back their clarity and self-esteem quickly. This includes medication, individual therapy, and group therapy. It’s all customized for each patient’s personal, family, and lifestyle needs.”

The power of Dr. Karen and the rest of our caring team will inspire and motivate you. These dedicated professionals will have your back. They’ll hold your hand. They’ll hold you in their hearts. They’ll work hard to hold everyone and everything together.


Productive lives are possible after addiction. Recovery is the ultimate “reward.” The power of transformation awaits you at Integro.

  • Detox
  • Inpatient Care
  • Intensive Outpatient Care

Short-term success and long terms solutions are here. The power of mental clarity can regain control of the addicted brain. Physical, mental, and emotional health can be improved. Healing and happiness can return to families. The real person can, too.

At long last, things can look up again after the deadly downward spiral. Addiction took over life as you knew it. Integro can help you take it all back.

Remember, it doesn’t matter how many times a person falls or fails in addiction or in life. What matters most is getting up after a fall. Trying again is everything. Trying a customized approach like Integro offers is just what the doctor ordered…because people’s unique needs change.

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