Understanding Addiction

Learn about all aspects of addiction - from what it is and identifying the signs, to getting someone the help they need.

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Is Someone In Your Life Struggling with an Addiction?

This section contains information about the disease of addiction, how to recognize someone is using, and how to intervene and get them the help they need to recover.

Addiction is a mental disease that causes a psychological and/or physical addiciton to chemical substances. Breaking a peron's dependence on drugs or alcohol can be difficult. Until an addict has "hit rock bottom" and gained the clarity to understand their addiction is harming their life, the chances they will seek recovery is low. Howvwer, there is hope. The more you understand about the perils of addiction, the more likely it is that you can help them understand the damage they are doing, and awaken hope within them to seek help.

What is Addiction?

What is Addiction?

This article explores the background of addiction, what it is, common myths, as well as signs and symptoms of chemical dependence.

What is Addiction?

Signs of Addiction

Signs of Addiction

Recognizing the signs of addiction is the first step to getting help for yourself or guiding someone you care about to rehab.

Signs of Addiction

Confronting Addiction

Confronting Addiction

Confronting a person's drug addiction can help lead them to their own realization that they need help. Thie article can help prepare you for what is to come.

Confronting Addiction

Understanding Drug Addiction

Understanding Addiction

This article will help you understand what addiction is, the associated causes and risk factors, types of commonly abused drugs and their effects, and available treatment options.

Understanding Addiction

Treating Addiction

Treating Addiction

There are many treatment options available for people struggling with an addiction to drugs or alcohol. These include inpatient and outpatient programs, ongoing support groups, and multiple kinds of therapies.

Treating Addiction

The Disease of Addiction

The Disease of Addiction

Addiction is a chronic disease caused by a regulatory dysfunction of a neurotransmitter called dopamine. It is characterized by an individual’s inability to control their behaviour and abstain from using drugs or alcohol.

Disease of Addiction

Seeking Help

Seeking Help

Accepting you have an addiction problem is the first step to seeking help. Whether you are dealing with drug addiction, alcohol abuse, or any other type of compulsive behavior, you can find the right kind of support to help you manage an addiction.

Seeking Help

Staging An Intervention

Staging An Intervention

An intervention is a process by which family or friends discuss with a person struggling with drug addiction the negative impact of their addiction on their life and on those who care for them. This article discusses how to plan an intervention.

Staging An Intervention

Withdrawal Timelines

Withdrawal Timelines

There are a variety of timelines for each drug/alcohol withdrawal, and once a person understands the process, it makes dealing with the withdrawal easier. It’s always better to know that there is a light at the end of the tunnel, even if it’s a difficult road to stay focused on.

Withdrawal Timelines

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