• ADDICTION IS A DISEASE •
Addiction is now understood to
be a developmental, chronic,
often relapsing brain disease.
A disease is "something that changes cells in a negative way." Addiction changes cell structure and function in the brain – the organ that controls everything a person thinks, feels, says and does.
When a family member understands this disease, they can let go of the anger, shame and blame and know their loved one is not doing it TO them; rather, the nature of this brain disease makes it impossible for them not to break promises, lie, cheat, steal and hurt those they love the most., until they receive the help and support they need to effectively treat their disease.
DUAL DIAGNOSIS (MENTAL ILLNESS AND ADDICTION)
Until you understand how addiction develops*; why cravings override all the best intentions, why relapse is a hallmark of the disease of addiction and so much more, it’s difficult NOT to assume what you’ve been assuming all this time.
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and research resources and then passing
them along as widely as we can. This is
a constantly changing site.
*Contrary to popular belief, people
are not born addicts nor do they
"choose" to have this disease.
There are five key risk factors
for developing addiction:
childhood trauma, genetics,
early use, social
environment and mental
illness. Resources linked
below explain the disease
INFORMATION, RESEARCH, RESOURCES
"Knowledge is Power."
Perhaps nowhere as true--or life-changing--as it is for those struggling with the family disease of addiction.