Addiction to alcohol or other drugs is a primary, chronic illness. The disease is often progressive and can be fatal. It is characterized by continuous or periodic:
Alcohol or other drug addiction may begin with a personal choice to use these substances. However, research shows that, for many, a physiological dependence soon takes hold. Drug dependence produces significant and lasting changes in brain chemistry and function. These drug-induced changes in brain function may have behavioral consequences, including the defining characteristic of addiction: compulsion to use alcohol or other drugs despite adverse consequences.
A chemical dependency assessment includes an interview with a counselor to review a person's chemical use and its impact on their daily life and relationships. The assessment may also include:
Assessments should address each person's unique needs.
Check the Contact us page to find out who to call to get an assessment.
Treatment services include:
Many insurance policies will pay for chemical dependency treatment. People who qualify can get help paying for treatment.
You can search for drug and alcohol treatment programs near you using the federal government’s substance abuse facility locator site.
Recovery supports promote a person’s health and resilience. They also help people get housing, jobs and education. Recovery supports include: