What is Addiction?
Addiction is defined as a chronic, relapsing brain disease that is characterized by compulsive drug seeking and use, despite harmful consequences.
A key step in understanding an addict is knowing that the chemical makeup of their brain has been altered by drugs. Drug abuse does not classify someone as being a “bad” person, but rather it distinguishes them as having an illness and in need of treatment.
Like many disorders, addiction is treatable. With treatment, people have the ability to stop using drugs and resume productive lives. This process of recovery involves medication, behavioral therapies, and patience for the drug abusers.