Understanding
Drug Addiction

Many people don't understand why or how other people become addicted to drugs.

 

They may mistakenly think that those who use drugs lack moral principles or willpower and that they could stop their drug use simply by choosing to. 

 

In reality, drug addiction is a complex disease, and quitting usually takes more than good intentions or a strong will.

 

Drugs change the brain in ways that make quitting hard, even for those who want to.

 

Fortunately, researchers know more than ever about how drugs affect the brain and have found treatments that can help people recover from drug addiction and lead productive lives.

Addiction Is A Chronic Disease

That is characterized by drug seeking behavior and use that is compulsive, and almost impossible to control on will-power alone; despite repeated harmful consequences. 

 

As with other chronic health conditions, the good news is that substance abuse is a treatable condition:  Help and support can be found through rehabs, medical detoxes,  one-on-one therapy, group counseling,   peer-support, sober living, 12 step programs, such as NA or AA and so much more.

 

Never in the history of  addiction has the sick and suffering addict had so many recovery options availableBottom-line -- We Can and Do  Recover.

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SIGNS & SYMPTOMS

OF ADDICTION

Meet Denise Williams, LISW-S, LICDC-CS, manager of therapeutic services at Genesis Behavioral Health. Denise discusses addiction and how it can affect people of all ages and economic backgrounds. She also answers numerous questions about addiction and what treatments are available.

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