Addiction is defined as a chronic, relapsing brain disease that is characterized by compulsive drug seeking and use, despite harmful consequences. It is considered a brain disease because drugs change the brain; they change its structure and how it works. These brain changes can be long lasting and can lead to much harmful, often self-destructive, behaviour.
- failure to fulfill major role obligations;
- legal problems;
- social or interpersonal problems;
- dependence (addiction)
What is a Drug?
Any natural or manufactured substance—legal or illegal—that can alter the functioning of the brain and the body.
Symptoms of Drug Abuse
Womankind – Telephone Support Treatment Crisis Line 905-545-9100 905-521-9591 ext.237 905-545-9100
Alcohol Drug & Gambling Services
Alternatives for Youth
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
Drug and Alcohol Registry of Treatment
Grace Haven – New Choices (Women/Teens)
Men’s Withdrawal Management Centre
Suntrac Wellness & Addiction Centre
Wayside House of Hamilton (Men)
Wesley Urban Ministries – Claremont House
Womankind – Telephone Support
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