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Addiction is a disease, not a disgrace.

~ Sandy Swenson, Tending Dandelions: Honest Meditations for Mothers with Addicted Children
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Addiction is a Disease, Not a Moral Failure

I was formerly in the running to become the next CEO of a money management firm, but alcohol caught up with me and I blew up my life in spectacular fashion.
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Addiction Now Defined as Brain Disorder, Not Behavior Issue.

At its core, addiction isn't just a social problem or a moral problem or a criminal problem. It's a brain problem whose behaviors manifest in all these other areas.
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Alcohol and the Developing Brain

The earlier a person starts drinking, the more likely they will develop serious problems with addiction.
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Alcohol Withdrawal and Detox

People who drink heavily over an extended period of time develop a tolerance to alcohol. Symptoms of withdrawal can be psychological and physical.
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Characteristics of Addiction

Drug addiction is marked by being unable to stop abusing drugs or alcohol. A person will continue using despite the harm it causes themselves and their loved ones.
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Drugs and the Brain

Drugs can alter important brain areas that are necessary for life-sustaining functions and can drive the compulsive drug abuse that marks addiction.
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Gateway Drugs

When a person tries one drug, statistics show that he/she will try another drug, and that the other drug will be stronger, more powerful and more addictive than the last.
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Hope Not Handcuffs

An initiative aimed at bringing law enforcement and community organizations together in an effort to find viable treatment options for individuals seeking help to reduce dependency with drugs and alcohol.
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Marijuana, Mental Illness, and Violence

So marijuana causes schizophrenia?
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PAARI—The Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative

The Police Assisted Addiction & Recovery Initiative (PAARI) provides support and resources to help law enforcement agencies nationwide create non-arrest pathways to treatment and recovery.
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SAMHSA – Medication Assisted Treatment

Medication-assisted treatment (MAT), including opioid treatment programs (OTPs), combines behavioral therapy and medications to treat substance use disorders.
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Shaming the Sick: Addiction and Stigma

Stigma is a public health issue — it contributes to high rates of death, incarceration, and mental health concerns among dependent populations.
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Siblings Also Struggle When Addiction Strikes a Family

Addiction is a family disease. But the adolescent siblings of substance users may feel more alone than most.
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Teen Drug and Alcohol Statistics

Behind each statistic lies a devastated family, medical, financial and psychological ordeals, car accidents, lost jobs, derailed college experiences, incarceration and sometimes death by accident, homicide, overdose or suicide.
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Testimony to the FDA Regarding the Health Impacts of CBD

The hoopla and hysteria surrounding the medical use of marijuana and cannabinoid-containing products is unlike anything Dr. Dupont has ever seen.
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Warning Signs

Many signs and symptoms of a child’s substance use are typical teen or young adult behavior, or symptoms of mental health issues. Read for warning signs.
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What Counts as a Drink

Do you enjoy a drink now and then? What do you think about taking a look at your drinking habits and how they may affect your health?
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What Is Addiction?

Addiction is the continued use of drugs and alcohol even when that causes harm. It involves the physical and psychological craving to use a mood-altering substance.
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What is Dabbing and Why Parents Need to Worry

“Dabbing” is a way to get the quickest, long-lasting high with a single inhale. A single puff can give the effect of smoking many joints.
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What is Recovery

Recovery from alcohol and drug problems is a process of change through which an individual achieves abstinence and improved health, wellness and quality of life.
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What You Can Do to Prevent Your Under Age Child from Drinking

Learn what you can do to prevent your child from drinking. (PDF available in English & Spanish)
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