Addiction is a chronic, often relapsing disease that causes compulsive drug or alcohol seeking and use, despite harmful consequences to addicted individuals and to those around them. Although the initial decision to take drugs or alcohol is voluntary for most people, the brain changes that occur over time challenge an addicted person’s self control and hamper his or her ability to resist intense impulses to take drugs/alcohol.
For additional resources on elder abuse, please visit the following:
- Dealing with Addiction from TeensHealth.org
- National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
For more information on family therapy services or to schedule an appointment at St. Louis Behavioral Medicine Institute, please contact us at (314) 289-9411 for our St. Louis City location and (636) 532-9188 for our Chesterfield location, you can also choose to complete our online inquiry form. We look forward to speaking with you.