What is an addiction?

The American Society Of Addiction Medicine defines addiction as a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory, and related circuitry. Dysfunction in these circuits leads to characteristic biological, psychological, social and spiritual manifestations. This is exhibited in an individual pathologically seeking reward and/or relief by substance use and other behaviors.


Addiction is characterized by:


  • failure to consistently abstain

  • impairment in behavioral restraint

  • cravings

  • reduced perception of notable problems with one’s functioning and interpersonal relationships

  • dysfunctional emotional response


Like other chronic diseases, addiction often involves cycles of relapse and remission. Without treatment or commitment to recovery activities, addiction is progressive and can result in disability or early death.
In the United States, around 8.1 percent of the population, or 21.7 million people, either need or regularly receive treatment for substance use disorders, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health.
As a chronic disease, addiction is difficult to treat and requires on-going care. Addiction medicine is a specialty medical field that involves diagnosis and treatment, as part of the comprehensive care for addiction and substance use disorder. 

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What is addiction medicine?

The practice of addiction medicine is a relatively new area in medicine. It has advanced tremendously through increased understanding of the brain's chemical reaction to addiction and related psychological factors. Addiction Medicine is a comprehensive approach to treatment that takes into account biological, psychological, social and environmental factors. 

With a physician's guidance and care, medical treatments can be used to fight withdrawal symptoms while working towards recovery.

The main goals of addiction medicine are:

  • Decreasing the frequency and intensity of relapses;

  • Sustaining periods of remission; and

  • Optimizing the person’s level of functioning during periods of remission.



Valley Medical And Wellness – Addiction Medicine in Minneapolis, Woodbury & Burnsville

Valley Medical and Wellness takes a multi-disciplinary approach to addiction treatment, utilizing not only medication, but also additional therapies and support to help each unique patient with their specific addiction. Research shows that patients benefit most from this combined and individualized approach.

There is no need to suffer from addiction in silence and shame. Life changing opportunities exist for those who are ready to fight their addiction. At our addiction clinic in Minneapolis, (and our acciction clinic in Woodbury and Burnsville) Valley Medical and Wellness, we are focused on guiding you into achieving that goal!


Addiction Treatment in Minneapolis, Woodbury& Burnsville – Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


Q: Do I need addiction treatment?

A: For those concerned that they (or a loved one) have a drug or alcohol problem, it is important to get an accurate diagnosis by a qualified healthcare provider.


Q:  What kind of addiction treatment do I need?

A: If you need addiction treatment, a professional assessment will determine which treatment is right for you. 


Q: I haven’t “hit rock bottom” yet. Should I wait with my treatment, so that it can be effective?

A: You do not need to “hit rock bottom” before starting treatment. In fact, starting therapy earlier might give better results.


Q: Do I have to really want to get better for treatment to work?

A: Trained addiction treatment providers, like  Valley Medical And Wellness , can help you develop the motivation to stick with treatment, even if you “aren’t ready” to stop smoking, drinking or using drugs or “don’t want help.”


Q: I’ve been told that if I’m taking medication for addiction, I am not “sober,” I am simply “replacing” my addiction with another drug. Is it true?

A: Medication prescribed by an addiction medicine doctor can be an effective, and a life-saving treatment for addiction. When taken properly, these medications do not cause a high or a new addiction.


Q: I want to be treated the same way my friend was because it worked for him/her. Can you do it?

A: Beware of treatment providers who claim that there is only one way to treat addiction. Everyone has different treatment needs. There is no one-size-fits-all approach. Addiction therapy must be tailored to your needs or it won’t work.


Q: How long does Addiction Treatment Last?

A: Treatment is highly individual and must last long enough to achieve the goals outlined in your treatment plan. The necessary length of treatment will vary by person and will depend on several factors.

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Valley Medical And Wellness - your best choice for addiction treatment in Minneapolis, Woodbury & Burnsville

Here, at our addiction clinic in Minneapolis & Burnsville, as well as our addiction clinic in Woodbury, we provide innovative and comprehensive addiction therapy. We are dedicated to healing your mind, body, and spirit, and helping you stay motivated to change and empower you to create a happier and healthier life for yourself.

With our treatment programs severe cravings and withdrawal symptoms can be minimized, allowing you to gain greater mental clarity, so you can fully commit to your addiction treatment program.


Call us today to find out about your treatment options, or to schedule an appointment. You can speak to all members of our staff in confidence. We value your privacy.


Learn more about different forms of addiction:

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Alcohol Dependency  >

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The material contained on this site is for informational purposes only and DOES NOT CONSTITUTE THE PROVIDING OF MEDICAL ADVICE, and is not intended to be a substitute for independent professional medical judgment, advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare providers with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your health.