THINGS TO KNOW

What is Addiction/Recovery?

Know the Facts

What is Addiction/ Recovery?

Know the Facts

What Addiction IS
  • Addiction is a complex disease, recognized as such by the American Medical Association.
  • Addiction, like diabetes, cancer and heart disease, is caused by a combination of behavioral, environmental and biological factors.
  • Addiction is often chronic in nature, and affects changes in the functioning of the brain, body and many other aspects of a person’s life.
  • Addiction, when left untreated, can become increasingly severe, disabling and life-threatening.
  • Addiction symptoms can include severe loss of control, continued use despite serious consequences, preoccupation with using, failed attempts to quit, tolerance and withdrawal.
  • Addiction, even the most severe and chronic cases, can be effectively treated and managed through support offered by families, healthcare professionals, and trained Peer Support Specialists, as well as some 12-step programs.
What
Addiction
IS NOT
  • Addiction is not a weakness, character flaw or a moral failing
  • Addiction is not the result of poor choices, or a lack of will power, strength or resolve
  • Addiction is not something to be ashamed of or kept a secret
  • Addiction is not a lifelong sentence
What
Recovery
IS
  • Recovery is a process of healing and restoring health and wellness.
  • Recovery is participation in a mutual-help program such as therapy, medication management, peer support or group programs that help people treat the underlying issues of their addiction.
  • Recovery is the adoption of beliefs and behaviors that empower individuals to live a self-directed life, and strive to reach their full potential.
  • Recovery is being able to enjoy life without using.
What
Recovery
IS NOT
  • Recovery is not white knuckling sobriety