Addiction is a chronic disorder with biological, psychological, social and environmental factors influencing its development and maintenance.

American Psychological Association

About half the risk for addiction is genetic. Genes affect the degree of reward that individuals experience when initially using a substance (e.g., drugs) or engaging in certain behaviors (e.g., gambling), as well as the way the body processes alcohol or other drugs. Heightened desire to re-experience use of the substance or behavior, potentially influenced by psychological (e.g., stress, history of trauma), social (e.g., family or friends’ use of a substance), and environmental factors (e.g., accessibility of a substance, low cost) can lead to regular use/exposure, with chronic use/exposure leading to brain changes. Read more http://www.apa.org/topics/addiction/index.aspx

Depression and Substance Abuse.

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Depression

Depression is a common illness that can be devastating if untreated. People who suffer from depression often turn to alcohol or drugs to feel better but end up developing another dangerous condition instead. Healthcare professionals can treat both depression and substance use disorders together to aid in recovery. Read more by clicking above.