Information about addictions


Addiction is a disease in which you have become physically and / or mentally dependent on a substance or a habit. Using a means or acting according to a habit no longer has to do with 'wanting' something, but with 'having to'. Addiction is a chronic and progressive, but fortunately also treatable disease.

Castle Craig's Vision

Although there are different views about it what an addiction is, it is important to always keep in mind that addiction is a disease. It has nothing to do with a lack of willpower, as is often thought. We see the very decision to seek help as a sign of courage and the first step towards recovery.

Our treatments focus on achieving total abstinence, a prerequisite for a long-term recovery. Which care you need depends on your personal situation and the severity of the addiction, which is why we offer both walking as clinical care.

The aim of the treatment is for patients to enjoy full recovery and improve their quality of life, we believe that substance withdrawal and continued support from the 12-step program are essential
to be. Participation in self-help groups is recommended both during and after your treatment.

How do I recognize an addiction?

An addiction is often difficult to recognize because it is usually a gradual change. This makes it often difficult to recognize an addiction in someone else or in yourself. Are you in doubt? View the criteria according to the DSM and read more about it how to recognize an addiction.

What types of addictions are there?

We make a distinction between different types of addictions. The first type is addictions to substances or substances that have a direct effect on the brain. The second type is addictions to drugs, such as anti-anxiety and sleep aids. Finally, we distinguish behavioral addictions, such as gambling and sex addictions.

With substances that have a direct effect on the brain, we also speak of a physical addiction. With other substances and behavioral addictions we generally speak of mental addiction.

Additional information

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Help with addiction

Do you want to get rid of your addiction? Or do you know someone who needs help? Always enlist the help of a professional. Going into drug addiction without help can be dangerous. In addition, treatment increases the chance of a long recovery. Do you want to take the first step? Then you can fill in the form below.

Jeroen talks about his addiction