Contrary to popular belief, addiction is NOT a moral or character defect. In fact, it is a complex brain disease. It is a chronic disease characterized by craving, seeking, and use that can persist even in the face of extremely negative consequences. Alcohol/drug seeking may become compulsive in large part as a result of the effects of prolonged use on brain functioning and, thus, on behavior.
It is estimated that over 1.1 million or 1 in 10 Ohioans are addicted to alcohol and/or other drugs, which in turn costs Ohio as much as $10 Billion in terms of the following: lost work productivity; injuries on the job; hospitalization and primary health care; traffic accidents; court hearings; incarceration; financial assistance; and removal of children from a caregiver living with addiction.
Addiction is a treatable disorder. Research on the science of addiction and the treatment of substance use disorders has led to the development of research-based methods that help people to stop using drugs and resume productive lives, also known as being in recovery. Like other chronic diseases such as heart disease or asthma, treatment for drug addiction usually isn’t a cure. But addiction can be managed successfully. Treatment enables people to counteract addiction’s disruptive effects on their brain and behavior and regain control of their lives.
It’s also important to note that returning to substance use does not mean that treatment has failed. The chronic nature of addiction means that for some people relapse, or a return to drug use after an attempt to stop, can be part of the process, but newer treatments are designed to help with relapse prevention. Relapse rates for drug use are similar to rates for other chronic medical illnesses. If people stop following their medical treatment plan, they are likely to relapse.
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Talk with Family
Drug Use Talking Points
Effective prevention starts with an honest conversation. Talk with your loved ones about substance abuse today.
Talk. They Hear You
SAMHSA’s national youth substance use prevention campaign helps parents and caregivers, educators, and community members get informed, be prepared, and take action to prevent underage drinking and other substance use.
The Start Talking! program encourages age-appropriate conversations with children, early and often during their lives and provides information to educate parents on this issue and empower them to have these conversations.
Find Detox Services
Safe detox services are available. Contact CommQuest Detox at Aultman Hospital: 330-830-3393; learn more here.
A family-owned organization that offers comprehensive, integrated, evidence-based treatment to help clients and their families achieve their recovery goals.
Partnership to End Addiction
Tips for parents and caregivers.
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
NIDA is a federal organization focused on the science of drug abuse and addiction.
NIDA for Teens
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness in America’s communities
A confidential and anonymous resource for persons seeking treatment for mental and substance use disorders in the United States and its territories.
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