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What is the disease of addiction?

The American Society of Addiction Medicine defines addiction (or Substance Use Disorder) as a chronic disease that involves a complex interaction among a person’s genetics, the environment, and the reward system within their brain. Behaviorally, addiction involves the inability to control the use of legal or illegal substances. Physically, addiction may cause deterioration of health, damage to major organ systems, or even death.

Signs and symptoms of alcoholism and drug addiction

Because addiction can take on many forms, it can sometimes be difficult to recognize the signs and symptoms in ourselves or our loved ones. Obvious signs of substance abuse include frequent intoxication, hangovers, or drug paraphernalia. Other signs and symptoms may include:

Frequent use of a legal or illegal substance or using more than the recommended dose
A desire to “cut back” or unsuccessful attempts to control the use of drugs or alcohol
Using more of the substance over time
Experiencing withdrawal symptoms when attempting to stop using the substance
Problems at home, work, or school related to drug or alcohol use
Excessive spending in order to obtain the substance
Continued use of drugs or alcohol despite negative impact on physical or mental health
Engaging in risky behaviors either while under the influence of the substance or in order to obtain the substance, such as driving drunk or stealing
Legal problems resulting in drug or alcohol use, such as DUI/DWI
Obsession about finding, using, or hiding drug or alcohol use
Lying or defensiveness related to substance abuse
Shame associated with the use of drugs or alcohol

Are you or a loved one struggling with alcoholism?

One or more of these symptoms can create serious problems in life. The good news is that addiction is treatable! If you are unsure whether drug or alcohol addiction is evident in yourself or a loved one, chat with us now for an assessment.

Most insurances are accepted! If you need guidance, we will work with you to select the financial solution that works best for your individual needs.

If your loved one is struggling with addiction, they don’t have to go through it alone.

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