Understanding Addiction and recovery
Addiction is a disease. Like other illnesses, there are many causes that can lead to the onset of addiction. The American Society of Addiction Medicine defined addiction as “a treatable, chronic medical disease involving complex interactions among brain circuits, genetics, the environment, and an individual’s life experiences. People with addiction use substances or engage in behaviors that become compulsive and often continue despite harmful consequences.” People from all backgrounds can suffer from addiction.
Recovery is a process which doesn't take place all at once. However, it is a lifestyle and a full-time commitment to getting better, which may include some setbacks. Setbacks happen in life and can occur in any recovery program, however, a determination to keep trying is a characteristic of recovery1.
1- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration