Addiction means prolonged and repetitive use of a harmful substance. It is usually associated with tolerance (need for more substance to produce a similar effect) and with withdrawal (unpleasant side effects when the use of the substance is interrupted). Narcotic addiction is common. Narcotic abuse is often a result of legitimate prolonged use of the medication for a valid medical indication such as pain. Addiction to narcotics is a socially and medically dangerous disease and should be treated.
We offer addiction treatment at Neurobehavioral Medicine. Call us at 813-237-1958 to schedule an appointment.