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Addiction is a disease, not a disgrace.

~ Sandy Swenson, Tending Dandelions: Honest Meditations for Mothers with Addicted Children
What?
Addiction is a Disease, Not a Moral Failure
I am an alcoholic with 4 years sobriety. I was formerly in the running to become the next CEO of a bulge bracket money management firm, but alcohol caught up with me in my mid 40’s and I blew up my life in spectacular fashion.
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. How much, how often and for how long someone consumed alcohol impacts their withdrawal symptoms.
Institute for Behavior and Health
Dr. Robert L. Dupont’s Written Testimony to the FDA Regarding the Health Impacts of CBD
Dr. Dupont has witnessed many dramatic changes over his career. Yet the hoopla and hysteria surrounding the medical use of marijuana and cannabinoid-containing products is unlike anything he has ever seen.
Gateway Drugs
Regardless of the source, one point is clear – 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.
Marijuana, Mental Illness, and Violence
So marijuana causes schizophrenia?
SAMHSA – Medication Assisted Treatment
Medication-assisted treatment (MAT), including opioid treatment programs (OTPs), combines behavioral therapy and medications to treat substance use disorders.
Siblings Also Struggle When Addiction Strikes a Family
Addiction is a family disease, so strong are the ripple effects for the parents and children of people struggling with substance use disorders. But the adolescent siblings of substance users may feel more alone than most.
Warning Signs
Many of the signs and symptoms of a child’s substance use are, at times, typical teen or young adult behavior—or symptoms of mental health issues. Explore our parent Drug Guide for even more substance-specific warning signs.
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What Is Addiction?
Addiction is the continued use of alcohol and other drugs even when that causes harm. Often described as a disease of the mind, body, and spirit, it involves the physical and psychological craving to use a mood-altering substance.
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.”

The 12 Guiding Principles of Recovery

Alcohol and the Developing Brain
During the teenage and early adult years, the brain is still developing, making it more vulnerable to alcohol than the adult brain. And the earlier a person starts drinking, the more likely they will develop serious problems with addiction.
Characteristics of Addiction
Drug addiction is marked by being unable to stop abusing drugs or alcohol. Someone addicted to drugs or alcohol will continue using despite the harm it causes themselves and their loved ones.
Drugs and the Brain
The human brain is the most complex organ in the body. Drugs, however, can alter important brain areas that are necessary for life-sustaining functions and can drive the compulsive drug abuse that marks addiction.
Hope Not Handcuffs
An initiative started by Families Against Narcotics (FAN), 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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. Unfortunately for parents, the new vaping pens make it extremely difficult to detect.
What You Can Do to Prevent Your Under Age Child from Drinking
Learn what you can do to prevent your child from drinking.

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