Addiction is a compound disease, often chronic in nature, which affects the functioning of the brain and body. It also causes serious damage to families, relationships, schools, workplaces and neighborhoods. The usual sign of addiction are extreme loss of control, continued use of serious consequences, preoccupation with using failed attempts to quit, tolerance and withdrawal. Addiction can be successfully prevented, treated and managed by healthcare professionals in combination with family or peer support. Some People abuse substances such as drugs and alcohol for varied and difficult reasons. Substance abuse may begin in childhood or the adolescent years. Advance recognition of drug or alcohol addiction increases chances for successful treatment.
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