Addiction is a disease. If the addicted person had a heart attack, would you stand back and blame them for their nutrition, lack of exercise or lifestyle? Probably not, and like most of us, you would rush to help. Alcohol and drug dependence is just like diabetes, cancer, or heart disease. It is the manifestation of underlying symptoms that led to addiction.
If you have questions about your loved one, co-worker or friend we can provide some answers. There are signs your loved one has a substance use disorder and our clinical staff is available to conduct a confidential assessment anytime.
Please contact us or call (858) 454-HELP (4357) to speak to someone or schedule an assessment with one of our qualified staff.
Addiction is a Treatable Disease
Addiction has been recognized as a disease by the American Medical Association since 1956. The American Society of Addiction Medicine describes addiction as "a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory and related circuitry." Like other chronic diseases such as diabetes, asthma, and hypertension, addiction often involves cycles of relapse and remission.
Addiction is an equal opportunity disease. It reaches across age, race, gender, and socioeconomic status, striking more than 20 million Americans—1 in every 10 Americans over the age of 12.
Like other chronic diseases, addiction can be managed successfully. Most people who go to treatment programs not only halt their substance abuse but also improve their occupational, social, and psychological functioning.