An Understanding of Addiction and the Recovery Process
Often addiction to drugs or alcohol begins with a personal choice to use these substances.
Research shows that drug dependence produces significant and lasting changes in brain chemistry and function.
Often those who use drugs or alcohol stop at the experimental or recreational use stage. However, for some the use progresses to a more problematic phase or abuse.
Long-term drug and alcohol use often results in significant changes in brain function. Those changes can persist long after the person stops using drugs. Drug-induced changes in brain function may also have behavioral consequences, including the compulsion to continue to use drugs and alcohol despite the adverse consequences. This is a defining characteristic of addiction.
Addiction is a chronic medical illness that can be treated.
Recovery from drug or alcohol addiction is a process. For some, recovery can be a long process. Efforts must be made on the part of the person recovering to maintain their sobriety and strongly adhere to the recovery and treatment program they belong to.
Family members and friends of people with drug and alcohol problems also experience physical, emotional, and spiritual repercussions and also benefit from ongoing support programs and services to help them cope with problems of addiction, understand and deal with the recovery process, and support their loved one’s efforts to get well.
If you or someone you know needs help with addiction please contact our offices at Victor’s Crown Christian Counseling Center. We have trained professional counselors who can answer your questions and provide resources for intervention and treatment.