Addiction is a primary, chronic disease with genetic, psychosocial, and environmental factors influencing its development and manifestations. The disease is often progressive and fatal. It is characterized by continuous or periodic: impaired control over alcohol/other drug use, preoccupation with alcohol/drugs, use of alcohol/drugs despite adverse consequences, and distortions in thinking, most notably denial.
- Addiction is a multifactorial disease
- Addiction is treatable
- Co-occuring disorders are common
- Effective treatment helps
- People with addiction get better
- Recovery and remission are possible
- Addicted people in all stages of addiction and recovery deserve effective medical care, treatment, and non-discrimination.
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