"Addiction affects millions of lives across the world. It is a chronic disease that frequently includes cycles of relapse and remission, and it is progressive without treatment or participation in recovery work". ASV CEO - Rehab Centers Near Me Program - 2020
Addiction is characterised by being unable to consistently abstain from substance use and having cravings, impaired control of behaviours, unhealthy emotional responses, and reduced realisation of significant problems.
It is not known exactly what causes a substance use disorder (SUD). However, factors such as genetics, substance effects, peer influences, emotional distress, mental illness, and outside stressors can contribute to the development of a SUD.
The disease carries with it a certain shame-laden stigma, and many people do not seek help due to fear of being judged. Using problematic labels—such as calling someone with a SUD an addict—can perpetuate that stigma.
Repeated use of dangerous drugs can physically change the brain, making it more difficult for an individual to control their behaviours and resist powerful cravings to use drugs.
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