Addiction comes in many forms: gambling, working, and sex, to name a few. The types of addiction that individuals seek professional help to aid in quitting are, most often, alcohol and drugs. Some of the most common substances abused include cannabis, alcohol, and opioids or opiates. That is not to say that other drugs do not become problematic for many individuals.

Most people have heard of cannabis or weed. We know it as the “gateway drug.” THC is the compound in cannabis that gets an individual high. It comes in many forms, such as hashish, resin, hash oil, and dried leaves with stems, seeds, and flowers. Some people mix it into food or drinks.

Common Types of Addiction

Alcohol is legal to those over age 21 with a valid ID. Alcohol, typically taken orally, has many effects on the body. Many medications have negative interactions with alcohol, which can lead to catastrophic results when taken in conjunction with one another.

Opiates include a variety of substances. Many of these include prescriptions such as Lortabs and OxyContin. Opium, morphine, and heroin also fall into this category. Opioids can be taken intravenously, nasally, or orally.

What is Addiction and What Areas of My Life Become Affected by Substance Use?

Substance use and drinking can be experimental in nature. In fact, that is often how it starts off. Then, misuse creeps in. Unfortunately, you can begin to exhibit signs of addiction quicker than you may think. Be on the lookout of signs of addiction, such as:

  • You are partaking in substances in larger quantities, or over a longer timespan than you originally planned on doing.
  • You notice you have a major longing for the substance. You have had unsuccessful attempts to cut down use.
  • A large amount of time is spent to obtain, engage in, and recover from the use of alcohol or drugs.
  • You notice an overwhelming desire to use an identified substance. This use does not depend on if the situation is dangerous or not.
  • The drinking or use interferes with education, occupation, home life and/ or interpersonal life. You may notice you have stopped cleaning the house, no longer cooking meals, or not attending to your children and other family members as much as you used to. Maybe you even have been making excuses to get out of social events you used to enjoy. Your grades have dropped or your work is suffering. Drinking or use may encourage legal problems and amplify psychological or physical difficulties.
  • Tolerance becomes increased. You need more to feel the effects of drugs or alcohol. When you do not have the substance, you experience withdrawal symptoms.
  • Getting high or drunk is no longer the reason you use. The purpose is instead to not feel “sick” from being without alcohol or drugs.

Can I Find Help Getting Sober in Burns, Tennessee?

Discovery Place in Burns, Tennessee is here to aid you as you quit alcohol and other drugs. Our alternative drug and alcohol recovery programs are just a phone call away. We know that addiction is not a 9-to-5 job, so we are here for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Established in 1997, we have over 4000 alumni. Join us in one of our long-term residential or 30-day programs. Call us today at 1-800-725-0922.


  • Discovery Place was the answer for my son. He did the 90 day and then the step down program and sober living. We give this organization 10 stars. They met my son where he was …emotionally, mentally, physically. They helped him put his life back on track. Discovery Place employees care about their guests. If your son, brother, nephew, grandson or husband needs excellent supportive care THIS is indeed the facility.

    Kim Morton
    Alumni Parent
  • I have remained sober and it is because of DP. DP is the best place there is, hands down. I keep everyone there in my prayers, and I encourage everyone there to take what they are practicing and do it in their lives, after.

    Roy Mantelli
  • Over the past year, I’ve been putting into actin what Discovery Place taught me, and I have experienced a complete perspective change of the world, and the people in it. I get to be a man of service and love today, and for that I am grateful to Discovery Place.

    Matt Kassay
  • Discovery Place means the world to me. They showed me the tools that I’ve tried to use everyday in my life to think less often of myself, and more frequently of others. I am learning to lend a hand when I am able and to have a honest and humble relationship with God and the people around me. Not only am I clean and sober, but also I am happy and fulfilled.

    Tommy Parker
  • Discovery Place and the men who work there made recovery attractive, and more importantly, fun. There is strength in the struggle. I am forever grateful for my time at Discovery Place.

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  • When I got to Discovery Place my whole life was in shambles, but I didn’t know it. I spent 6 months in their programs, participating in all three phases, and was met with kindness and love all along the way. It is unbelievable to me, where I am now relative to where I was when I arrived at DP.

    Lance Duke
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