| What is Addiction?
Addiction is a compulsion to use a substance or participate
in a destructive activity detrimental to ourselves and others.
.. It is NOT a lack of willpower or a moral weakness.
Addiction severely alters brain areas critical to decision-making,
learning, memory, and behavior control.
Addiction affects the whole person…. body, mind and spirit.
Addictions can be divided up into two categories. Here are examples
of common addictions:
Why Do People Become Addicted?
While it is difficult to prove what the exact cause is for each
person, researchers and scientists know that addiction is a result
of one or a combination of several contributing factors:
Genetic history of alcoholism and/or drug addiction within
Social and environmental reasons such as our upbringing
and childhood experiences
Brain chemistry deficiencies we are born with or occur as a result
of physical and/or emotional trauma
Repetitive abuse of a substance and/or activity over
a period of time
EVERYONE is susceptible to addiction. It is evident in every
gender, ethnic origin, religion, occupation, social class, and
age group. No one is immune.
Addiction is a serious disease that is progressive and can result
in death if not treated.
If you think you or someone
you care about is suffering from addiction, this website contains
information and contacts that can help you.