Substance Abuse/Addiction

Drug addiction is a complex disease, characterized by compulsive drug seeking and abuse, regardless of consequences. So, quitting takes more than good intentions. Drugs change the brain in ways that make quitting hard, even for those who want to. Relapse is common. It’s not a sign of failure; rather, it indicates that treatment should be reinstated or adjusted.

While addiction can have biological and genetic causes, it can be overcome with treatment and support. Prevention is key, as research shows prevention programs involving the family, schools, communities and the media do reduce drug abuse. Psychotherapy is also helpful for those fighting addiction.

Details:

CDC on addiction

Florida Department of Children and Families help

211-Broward to find help or call 211

Nova Southeastern University Guided Self-Change