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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:
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.