Addiction

“No single factor determines whether a person will become addicted to drugs.”

Nora D. Volkow, M.D., Director of National Institute on Drug Abuse

Addiction is a chronic brain disease causing the inability to control the impulse to use a substance or repeat a process despite devastating consequences. It is not a moral failing, a result of bad character nor lack of will — though some unenlightened people still believe that. It is a chronic disease that alters the individual’s brain structure and function that cannot be stopped by the simple, “just say no,” or “just buck-up, will ya?”

What causes addiction? Nobody knows for sure, but research points towards it being a long-term illness resulting from the complex interplay between one’s genes and environment. Scientists estimate that genes account for 40% to 60% of a person’s risk of addiction.

Contributing factors are believed to be mental disorders, physical, emotional or sexual abuse and/or trauma. Other factors include parental substance use; availability of drugs or alcohol; exposure to stress; incarceration of a family member; poverty; and age when use begins. Some people with mental disorders use drugs to lessen the psychiatric symptoms, but actually intensify them in the long run.

As with other chronic diseases like heart disease, asthma, diabetes, hypertension, there is no cure, but it is manageable. Manageable through treatment and an evolving, ongoing support system so that anyone can live a self-directed, full, active, meaningful, loving, productive life just like anyone else on this planet.


Neal has been instrumental in helping us on this journey through our son’s addiction. Referred to us by a professional, we heard of his amazing work and called him immediately in a time of crisis. Right from our first contact, Neal listened, researched, made suggestions and mobilized us in a way that proved invaluable in getting our son into treatment and on the road to a life of sobriety. He always answered our phone calls or texts, whether day or night, weekdays or weekends and if temporarily unavailable, he would always get back to us very quickly. After years of the debilitating effects of addiction, there is hope for our son and our family to have a new life in recovery. Neal continues to follow up regularly and knowing he is only a phone call away is an amazing comfort. There are not enough words or ways to express our gratitude.
— TH & MH - Washington, D.C.


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