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Addiction is a disease - Addiction to alcohol or other drugs is an illness that can result in physical, psychological and social dysfunction. Although it may occur with other deep-seated illnesses or problems, addiction must be treated as a disease and not a symptom.

Addiction destroys - Addiction wrecks relationships and makes daily life more difficult and less pleasurable and productive. If you're addicted, you are not the only one who suffers. Addiction affects family members, friends, co-workers and others who depend on you.

Addiction is progressive - Untreated addiction always gets worse. As it progresses, it causes preoccupation with drugs or alcohol. You may find yourself arranging your schedule and your life around your addiction.

Addiction is terminal - Addiction ultimately ends in recovery or death.

Recovery is possible - It requires a planned approach and the support of others. Relapse is common. True recovery requires a lifetime commitment.