Addiction Information and Resources

About Addiction

Addiction is a chronic disease, often relapsing brain disease that causes compulsive drug seeking and use, despite harmful consequences to the addicted individual and to those around him or her. Although the initial decision to take drugs is voluntary for most people, the brain changes that occur over time challenge an addicted person's self-control and hamper his or her ability to resist intense impulses to take drugs. 

Similar to other chronic, relapsing diseases, such as diabetes, asthma, or heart disease, drug addiction can be managed successfully. And, as with other chronic diseases, it is not uncommon for a person to relapse and begin abusing drugs again. Relapse, however, does not signal treatment failure--rather, it indicates that treatment should be reinstated or adjusted or an alternative treatment is needed to help the individual regain control and recover. 

Death and Addictions 

For some parents, the death of a child can be too devastating to bear, so they may seek out ways to lessen or even completely numb the pain. Find out more about the Risks of Addiction in the grieving process and what signs to look for. 

Mourning the passing of a parent is raw and emotionally volatile. Working through grief can make you more vulnerable to turning to substances. Learn more about dealing with grief and avoiding the temptation of substances here

Disability and Addiction

More than 20 million Americans suffer from addiction and substance abuse, and that number includes people with and without disabilities. 

Redfin has developed a guide called 'The Comprehensive Guide to Home Accessibility for People with Disabilities in Recovery.' Making home modifications are extremely important in order to make you comfortable and confident during your recovery. 

Relapse Prevention

Preventing an alcohol or drug relapse is more than just saying "no" in the face of temptation. Prevention needs to start early and before temptation presents itself. In fact, a comprehensive relapse prevention plan accounts for social interactions, emotional triggers, and the development of positive coping mechanisms. 

Recovery is a difficult time for everyone that is involved. Here are 8 Ways to Prevent Relapse to assist you on your recovery journey. 


Research Sources Include:
http://reachnj.gov/about-addiction-and-know-the-signs.shtml



Page last modified/reviewed on December 21, 2017

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