Addiction is a Disease
The American Medical Association and the American Society of Addiction Medicine defines Addiction as a complex brain disease that affects both the brain and the body. Like diabetes, cancer and heart disease, addiction is caused by a combination of behavioral, environmental and biological factors. Genetic risks factors account for about half of the likelihood that an individual will develop addiction. Addiction disrupts regions of the brain that are responsible for reward, motivation, learning, judgment and memory.
The consequences of untreated addiction often include other physical and mental health disorders that require medical attention. If left untreated over time, addiction becomes more severe, disabling and life threatening.
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