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Progression can be defined as the continual process that addiction creates, and it gets worse and worse over time due to the excessive use of the addicted substance. Progression refers to the gradual worsening of the addiction and its impact on your life.

In addiction, progression occurs as the addictive behavior and substance abuse become increasingly harmful. Initially, you may have control over your substance use, but over time, the addiction reinforces itself, making it harder to resist. As a result, the frequency and quantity of substance use tend to increase, leading to physical, psychological, and social consequences.

The addiction recovery community describes progression as a process, rather than a single event, happening in stages. These stages can vary from person to person, but they commonly encompass experimentation, regular use, abuse, and addiction. Progression can be slow or rapid, with some individuals experiencing a constant decline while others may have periods of relative stability before deterioration.

It’s important to recognize the signs of progression, such as increased tolerance to the substance, cravings, failed attempts to cut down or quit, neglecting responsibilities and relationships, withdrawal symptoms, and loss of control. These indicators highlight the urgent need for seeking professional help and engaging in addiction treatment.

Stages of Addiction

The stages of addiction typically progress through several phases, although some stages may overlap or occur rapidly, especially with highly addictive substances. The general stages are:

  1. Initial Use
    This is where the addiction begins. It might start innocently, such as using a prescription for pain or mental health issues, experimenting with alcohol at a legal age, or succumbing to peer pressure to try illicit drugs. Various factors, including genetics and environment, influence the likelihood of this initial use leading to addiction.
  2. Abuse
    The individual begins to use the substance in a manner or quantity that is harmful.
  3. Tolerance
    Over time, with continued use, the body starts requiring more of the substance to achieve the same effect, leading to increased usage.
  4. Dependence
    The user’s body or brain becomes reliant on the substance to function normally. This stage often includes psychological dependence, where the user cannot feel pleasure or normalcy without the substance.
  5. Addiction
    This is a chronic mental health disorder with specific symptoms and behaviors. The severity of the addiction can be classified as mild, moderate, or severe based on the number of symptoms present.
  6. Relapse
    This stage involves returning to substance use after a period of abstinence. It’s often part of the cycle of addiction and doesn’t necessarily mean treatment failure.

Professional treatment is essential to break this cycle. It involves various methods like cognitive and behavioral therapies, peer support, and other mental health treatments. These are designed to help the individual manage the chronic nature of addiction and reduce relapse risks, much like treatments for other chronic conditions like asthma and diabetes.

    Addiction and Mental Health

    Treatment Services

    Founded in 2008, WeDoRecover has evolved from an advisory service for addiction treatment into a comprehensive provider of care, following its 2019 merger with Changes Addiction Rehab in Johannesburg. Specializing in connecting patients to top-tier addiction treatment centers in the UK, South Africa, and Thailand, WeDoRecover supports individuals globally, including those from the United Arab Emirates and Europe. Accepting both South African medical aid and international health insurance, the organization facilitates access to high-quality treatment for substance and alcohol use disorders, offering individualized care that addresses the physical, mental, and social needs of patients.

    Our team, led by Gareth Carter, offers empathetic and professional support, guiding you through every step of the treatment process. Whether you're in South Africa or abroad, our acceptance of various insurance plans makes quality care accessible, providing a platform for lasting recovery and a healthier future.

    Inpatient Rehab

    Our rehab care is a good option if you are at risk of experiencing strong withdrawal symptoms when you try stop a substance. This rehab option would also be recommended if you have experienced recurrent relapses or if you have tried a less-intensive treatment without success.


    If you're committed to your sobriety but cannot take a break from your daily duties for an inpatient program. Outpatient rehab treatment might suit you well if you are looking for a less restricted format for addiction treatment or simply need help with mental health.


    Therapy can be good step towards healing and self-discovery. If you need support without disrupting your routine, therapy offers a flexible solution for anyone wishing to enhance their mental well-being or work through personal issues in a supportive, confidential environment.

    Mental Health

    Are you having persistent feelings of being swamped, sad or have sudden surges of anger or intense emotional outbursts? These are warning signs of unresolved trauma mental health. A simple assesment by a mental health expert could provide valuable insights into your recovery.

    Finding the right rehab close to you is simple with WeDoRecover. Our network includes the finest rehab centers, ensuring personalised, quality care for your recovery needs. Let Gareth Carter and our empathetic team help guide you to a center that feels right for you, offering expert care and support. Start your healing today by choosing a rehab that's not just close to you, but also that truly cares about your loved ones recovery.

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