The 5 stages of addiction

These are the 5 Stages of Dependency.

All forms of addiction start out with experimentator. Here it’s all innocent and fun. You get into it to get a bit of risk, variety and peak experience in your life. You want to try something a little bit out there. In this phase you get a first taste for how the substances makes you feel. It’s also characterized by being a thrill seeking, not planned ahead of time.
At this point the use becomes more of a conscious choice, though it’s still not frequent. And in the Recreational stage, user also begin planning more specifically when they will use the drug (in whatever form it comes) for the purpose of increasing the good times you get from it.
More and more often you start seeking it out, the substance. And it grows to the progressive level now where it becomes part of your life to use it on a regular basis. Here negative consequences of the misuse start becoming more apparent, like hangovers, shortness of breath, and excess weight. This can be a tipping point.
When you get to this part of the addiction, it has become your predominate goal to get more and more of the substance. And you find yourself getting into situations where the substance is, almost obsessively. You can’t het enough. You need that buzz to feel okay. And here, the bad consequences of your actions get worse and intensify.
Lastly, you stop being able to remain any sense of independence from the substance. At this point your life revolves around getting that hit, it becomes a total preoccupation to use tobacco, food, alcohol or marihuana. When you get to this stage you may also begin experiencing memory loss. In the dependence stage, you’re pretty much willing to do anything to get hold of more of the drug.



Our multi disciplined treatment team is equipped to provide you with the help you need. Our addiction recovery and rehabilitation programs include addiction treatment for the following substances (though are not limited to these substances):

Alcohol Addiction
Alcohol is a depressant, which slows your body down, making it difficult to think more clearly, interfering with communication between brain cells. Long-term heavy drinking is associated with numerous health problems, including liver cirrhosis, pancreatitis, cancers of the liver, mouth, throat, larynx and esophagus and may lead to high blood pressure.
Barbiturates Addiction
Benzodiazepines Addiction
Cocaine Addiction
Heroin Addiction
Hydrocodone Addiction
Inhalants Addiction
LSD Addiction
Marijuana (Dagga) Addiction
MDMA (Ecstasy) Addiction
Meth Addiction (Methamphetamines ‘Tik’)
OxyContin Addiction Treatment (Oxycodone)
Steroid Addiction


Drug Addiction Rehab Programs Tailored to the Individual

Addiction comes in many different forms, including prescription drug abuse. Alcohol and drug addictions are unique in their own right and treatment is determined upon specific drug of choice. The Vincere-Huguenot has different addiction treatment programs tailored to unique individuals.

A Holistic Approach to Drug Addiction Rehab
The best addiction clinics do more than only treat the physical symptoms. We take a holistic approach to addiction rehab that focuses on the mind, body and spirit. Our treatment and addiction counselling programs address the medical, clinical and spiritual needs of each client.

Additionally addiction may take the form of:

Eating Disorders:
Are conditions defined by abnormal eating habits that may involve either insufficient or excessive food intake to the detriment of an individual’s physical and mental health. Bulimia nervosa and anorexia nervosa are the most common specific forms of eating disorder.
Sex addiction:
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