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What is Addiction?

What is addiction? Addiction is the continued use of a mood altering substance or behavior despite adverse dependency consequences. It is a chronic, but treatable, brain disorder.

People who are addicted cannot control their need for alcohol or other drugs, even in the face of negative health, social or legal consequences. This lack of control is the result of alcohol- or drug-induced changes in the brain. Those changes, in turn, cause behavior changes.

Symptoms of addiction include tolerance (development of resistance to the effects of alcohol or other drugs over time) and withdrawal, a painful or unpleasant physical response when the substance is withheld. Many people with this illness deny that they are addicted. They often emphasize that they enjoy drinking or taking other drugs.

Most addicted individuals require a substance abuse treatment center in order to stop. We invite you to browse our website to learn more about addiction and our Christian addiction treatment program.

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