Understanding Drug & Alcohol Addiction

Drug and alcohol addiction is a chronic disease commonly characterized by a physical and/or psychological dependence to the substance of choice. Addiction is compulsive and can be very difficult or even impossible to control. While the first time most people indulge in drugs or alcohol may be voluntary, social or experimental in nature, if the activity is repeated on a regular basis, physiological changes in the body and brain can occur. A compulsion to drink or use takes over, overriding logic and reason. The result can render an individual unrecognizable as the person they once were and drive them to desperate means in order to satisfy their urges. Lying, stealing, and betraying the trust of those close to them is not unusual. An addict rarely considers the consequences and can easily rationalize the risk, even if it comes at a monumental cost. Read more