Addiction is a behavioral disease that impacts our ability to make decisions for ourselves. A vast majority of addictions can’t “just stop” when people ask them to. To assume otherwise is to fundamentally understand what makes addiction such a dangerous illness. Not only is addiction hard to stop, initially, but it is also chronic, can get progressively worse, and leaves a lasting threat of relapse.


Plenty of research over the past decade indicates that addiction is specifically a brain disease. Despite this fact, many people have trouble viewing it through the viewpoint of a disease, and instead choose to view addiction as a moral failing. A lot of this has to do with the fact that addiction is usually initiated with a voluntary action. While this might be true, there’s no denying that the brain is heavily impacted by drug usage in a way that is hard to see when you are in the throes of substance abuse, and that a morality-based viewpoint of addiction does little to solve the lasting problem.


Addiction is currently the number one public health issue of our time, and has become an epidemic in the United States over the past two decades, as well as in many other parts of the world. The key to fighting addiction is by understanding it, and by coming together as a community to undo the powerful effects that it has on victims of addiction. If recent research and predictions are to be believed, these actions could lead to a regression of addiction rates before the end of 2018!


Learn more about the specifics of addiction towards different illicit substances by reading our addiction resource center below…


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