A ddiction is defined as a chronic, relapsing brain disease that is characterized by compulsive drug seeking and use, despite harmful consequences. It is considered a brain disease because chemical substances change the brain—they change its structure and how it works. These brain changes can be long-lasting, and can lead to the harmful behaviors seen in people who abuse drugs or alcohol.

That’s just the definition, it says nothing about the incredible pain and massive destruction addiction causes individuals and families.

We are in a crisis with addiction right now in our country. It is more common than you think and is something we’d like to eradicate.

If someone in your family is struggling with drugs, alcohol, or pharmaceutical, don’t dismiss it, get help! There are many resources in our area, including interventionists, drug counselors, recovery coaches, and champions for drug education and addiction prevention. Ignoring substance use can have devastating consequences.