Substance abuse

Understanding Substance Addiction

What is substance addiction?

Substance addiction and abuse is a complex disorder characterized by compulsive drug or alcohol use that leads to significant disruptions in daily living, including loss of work, relationships and health. It is progressive in nature and requires professional intervention for successful treatment.

Substance use becomes abuse and later addiction when the drugs or alcohol begin to take control over one’s life. For many substance addicts, this is the tipping point: seeking and using increasing amounts of drugs, despite the tremendous problems it causes for themselves and their families.

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Changing the National Conversation Around Addiction.