Addiction is often defined as continued use of a certain substance despite consequences. Those who are afflicted seem to be oblivious to these consequences leaving the rest of us baffled by their behavior. This month we focus on understanding drug and alcohol addiction. If you are a family member of an addict/alcoholic or think you might be abusing a substance, please give yourself a break and read on:
Please be aware that while these links below may direct you to sites in which you can connect with providers, it is always best to seek out providers through the Beacon network to ensure coverage by calling Beacon at 855-748-3121.
How does addiction work? What are some signs and symptoms? What can we do?
Genetics and environmental factors and accessibility of a substance can lead to regular use, causing changes in the brain:
Diagnostic and Statistical Manual used by most professionals to diagnose substance abuse and other mental health disorders:
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The NEW 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline
Please always keep in mind that Local 28 MAP’s Counselors and Peers, as well as Beacon MAP, are always available to talk (Contact Info available on the MAP Homepage or by clicking HERE).