About Addiction

The Heartland Center for Behavioral Change is in the business of helping people regain control of their lives and become free of addiction.

Addiction is a chronic, relapsing brain disease that results in compulsive drug or alcohol use, regardless of the consequences. It is a disease that progressively worsens. Research has clearly identified that the brain becomes structurally altered from repeated use of drugs or alcohol and these changes in the brain create cravings for drugs or alcohol that become increasingly intense. Quitting is not a matter of just saying “no” – even if the person is sick and tired of being sick and tired.


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Fortunately, treatments can and do work to stop addiction’s powerful disruptive efforts. At Heartland Center, we use a variety of treatment approaches backed by the most current research. Addiction can be managed successfully and lives can and are restored with proper assistance and support. The first step is a commitment to live life differently. We are here to help.

Need help? Take this quiz to find out. Each question requires either a yes or no answer.

1. Have you ever felt you should cut down on your drinking? 2. Have people annoyed you by criticizing your drinking? 3. Have you ever felt bad or guilty about your drinking? 4. Eye opener: Have you ever had a drink first thing in the morning to steady your nerves or to get rid of a hangover?

If you answer “yes” to two or more of these questions, you should seek an assessment from a substance abuse treatment professional. You can call Heartland Center to schedule an appointment by dialing: 816-421-6670.