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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.

  1. November 12, 2015

    It interesting how people make there choices. I grew up in what some might call a functioning alcoholic father. He worked for the same place for 50 years. And the bills was paid on time.
    I’m one who believe in group therapy. Something in life you need to have first account of experience of it

    Not saying I wish everyone would experiencing and alcoholic parent.

    Coffee is on

    • December 7, 2015

      Dora, we agree it is interesting how people make their choices.
      It is also interesting how we remember things from our childhood.
      Thank you for sharing your experience and memory with us.
      Wonderful you believe in the value of therapy and coffee!
      We support both here as well.

      Have a blessed day!

  2. November 13, 2015

    This is a very informative article. I imagine it’s difficult for families to deal with the situation as well.

    • November 13, 2015

      Thank you Salma, yes it can be. Families can naturally have stressful situations.
      Adding an addiction to the mix can create even more turbulence and emotion to everyday situations.
      Therapy and professional consultations can help provide families with the resources they require to support themselves as well as family members during intervention and recovery process.

  3. November 13, 2015

    Interesting article. I never knew how much using drugs or alcohol can change the brain.

    • December 7, 2015

      Thanks for commenting Jeff.
      Yes, many are unaware of the long term effects of drugs and alcohol.
      This is why awareness and education is so very important to share with everyone.
      Thank you for stopping by!

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