Understanding Addiction

What you need to know about addiction

Having an addiction can be hard to admit, and even harder to understand. At Hickory House Recovery, our award-winning substance abuse treatment center located in Greenfield, Indiana, helps put your addiction into focus and give you the best tools possible for your journey to recovery.

Addictions come in different forms, so the best path to recovery is understanding what addiction is in order to develop a plan best suited for you.

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What is addiction?

Through extensive studies, it has been determined that addiction is a disease. It has been defined as a chronic, relapsing disorder focused on the use of alcohol or drugs, tobacco, caffeine, etc., no matter the consequences. Addiction, or substance use disorder (SUD) is a complex condition in which there is uncontrolled use of a substance despite harmful consequences. People with SUD have an intense focus on these substances to the point their ability to function in day-to-day life becomes impaired. They will continue using the substance even when they know it will, or is, causing serious problems.

Unlike years past, addiction is now treated as a brain disorder. Someone with substance use disorder generally knows the addiction is potentially destructive, however, the brain becomes rewired and ending the addiction cycle requires professional help. The licensed addiction professionals at Hickory House Recovery addiction treatment center provide the addiction counseling you need for recovery.

Is addiction genetic?

Over the years there have been many studies on how people become addicted to drugs and alcohol. Most studies point to a combination of heredity and environmental factors playing a large part. Addiction, like other diseases, can be passed on by genetics. About one-half of susceptibility to substance abuse disorder (SUD) can be hereditary. Of course, that doesn’t automatically mean you will become addicted to drugs or alcohol. Addiction, just like all other diseases, differs from person to person. Aside from genetics there are also environmental factors. Some risk factors include peer pressure, lack of parental supervision, availability of drugs or alcohol or mental illness (co-occurring disorders).

No matter the reason, addiction is not a dead end. With skilled addiction counseling, medication and group and individual therapy, you can overcome your addiction. The comfortable, intimate setting at Hickory House Recovery allows you to focus on getting better one day at a time. 

We focus on your overall well-being

With no more than 45 clients on site at a time, Hickory House Recovery offers personalized counseling using a holistic approach that connects both the mind, body and spirit. Our holistic approach focuses on you as a person and addresses your addiction treatment individually.

We focus on the mind and body to address both psychological and physical needs. This includes both group and individual therapy sessions as well as music and art therapy to improve the mind, and a combined focus on activities like yoga and meditation, to improve the body.

Ultimately, the goal is to improve your overall well-being on your road to recovery. 

When it comes to addiction recovery, put your faith in Hickory House Recovery

From the moment you enter Hickory House Recovery, you will be greeted by a warm and empathetic staff with a focus on helping you learn about and overcome your addictions. We have certified addiction professionals who will be with you for every step of your journey. And our home-like substance abuse treatment center will provide a peaceful setting for your healing.

We look forward to your recovery and bright future. Contact us 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 1-800-604-2117 or contact us online to learn more about our programs and how we can help you or someone you love. All calls are completely confidential and there is never any pressure to commit. We are here to help.

Licenses, Accreditations & Memberships


Hickory House Recovery has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Behavioral Health Care Accreditation by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards. The Gold Seal of Approval® is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective care and is one of the highest levels of achievement a treatment center can receive.