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Explaining Addiction

Addiction can take on many forms. People can be addicted to a wide range of things, but most commonly it is a substance like drugs or alcohol. It used to be that people thought of addiction as a moral shortcoming, but through research and study, this opinion is starting to change. Although society is moving in the right direction, we still have a long way to go in explaining addiction and undoing the stigma associated with it.


The Stigma of Addiction

Today we know that drug and alcohol abuse changes a person’s brain. A person who uses drugs or alcohol definitely makes a choice to use substances, but certain people are more susceptible to becoming addicted based on their brain chemistry, genetics, and background. It takes rehabilitation, therapy, and a complete change in thought processes and retraining the brain to overcome addiction. At C.H.A.T. you will feel comfortable and treated with dignity. We will teach you how to overcome these stigmas to live the life you have been hoping for.

Explaining Addiction

Addiction Statistics

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, in 2013:


Effects of Drug and Alcohol Abuse

effects of drug and alcohol abuse

Drugs and alcohol have serious effects on the body. They can damage organs like the heart, lungs, kidneys, and liver, and can leave lasting impacts on the brain. Someone who is addicted to drugs or alcohol will face serious physical and mental health risks, including:

  • Rapid heart rate
  • Heart failure
  • Insomnia
  • High blood pressure
  • Infertility
  • Lung disease
  • Psychosis
  • Respiratory distress
  • Seizures
  • Memory problems
  • Trouble learning
  • Blood-borne diseases