Addiction is treatable. Helping yourself or someone through recovery takes a lot of effort, but it can be done. It is important not to give up and to realize that, you are not alone. Your hope that you or someone you know can return to a healthy, drug free life can make all the difference.
Here are some important facts that you should know about addiction:
Addiction runs in families, just like cancer or heart disease. If your family has a history of alcoholism or drug addiction, explain to your child that they are at a higher risk for addiction. Many other people are facing the same problems. Substance misuse is common among teens and adults. Addiction doesn’t discriminate. It cuts across race, gender, and economic lines. Know the warning signs and act early. If you suspect that you or someone you know has a problem, find out now. Take the first step. Get Help
"Addiction...if you use drugs at a high enough dose, frequently enough, and for long enough, you literally change the way the brain works. You change the way nerve cells communicate in such a way that you develop this compulsive, out of control use despite knowing that all kinds of terrible things can happen to you, and despite even experiencing many of those things."
—Definition of Addiction, by Dr. Steven Hyman, Director, National Institute of Mental Health
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