The Science of Addiction


As a result of scientific research, we know that addiction is a medical disorder that affects the brain and changes behavior. We have identified many of the biological and environmental risk factors and are beginning to search for the genetic variations that contribute to the development and progression of the disorder. Scientists use this knowledge to develop effective prevention and treatment approaches that reduce the toll drug use takes on individuals, families, and communities. www.drugabuse.gov

Recovery through treatment is possible. If you or someone you know may have a substance abuse problem, call A Pathway to Life Counseling Services to schedule an assessment. www.drugabuse.gov

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