“Addiction is a chronic disease, like diabetes or heart disease, meaning there is no cure. But addiction can be managed, and people with addiction can, and do, recover.”
Addiction is a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory and related circuitry. Dysfunction in these circuits leads to characteristic biological, psychological, social and spiritual manifestations. This is reflected in an individual pathologically pursuing reward and/or relief by substance use and other behaviors.
Addiction is characterized by inability to consistently abstain, impairment in behavioral control, craving, diminished recognition of significant problems with one’s behaviors and interpersonal relationships, and a dysfunctional emotional response. Like other chronic diseases, addiction often involves cycles of relapse and remission. Without treatment or engagement in recovery activities, addiction is progressive and can result in disability or premature death.
“A major indicator of opiate addiction is continued use of the substance even when there are negative repercussions in place for doing so.”
This is not a complete list. Listing here does not mean the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) endorses any of the organizations.
Some support groups are for people with substance use disorders, and others allow families and friends to attend meetings or have separate meetings for them:
Dual Recovery Anonymous 913-991-2703
National Alliance of Methadone Advocates 212-595-NAMA (6262)
Rational Recovery 530-621-4374
Secular Organizations for Sobriety 323-666-4295
SMART Recovery 866-951-5357
Women for Sobriety, Inc. 215-536-8026