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Understanding Addiction

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Understanding Addiction

Addiction kills thousands of Americans every year and impacts millions of lives.

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, “addiction is a chronic disease characterized by drug seeking and use that is compulsive, or difficult to control, despite harmful consequences.”

While the initial decision to take drugs is often voluntary, repeated drug and alcohol use can lead to brain changes that impact a person’s self-control and interfere with their ability to resist the intense urge to consume these substances. And these urges often com with severe health and social consequences for both the individual and their loved ones.

More than 700,000 Americans have died
from drug-involved overdose since 2000.

National Center for Drug Abuse Statistics

Often, willpower just isn’t enough. These changes to the brain and body are why drug and alcohol addiction is such a complex and challenging disorder, and why it’s often considered a “relapsing” disease, with an increased risk for returning to substance use even years after recovery.

While no single factor can predict whether someone will become addicted, a combination of genetic, environmental, and developmental factors can all play a role. The good news is that drug and alcohol addiction is treatable – but you or your loved one might need help and knowing when and where to seek help is critical for your health and safety.

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Approximately 7.5 million U.S. children live with a parent with Alcohol Use Disorder.

The CBHSQ Report: Children Living With Parents Who Have a Substance Use Disorder

Addiction Treatment & Support Resources

Because addiction can affect so many aspects of a person’s life, treatment should address the needs of the whole person to be successful.

National Institute on Drug Abuse