Substance Abuse

Addiction is a condition in which the body must have a drug to avoid physical and psychological withdrawal symptoms. Addiction’s first stage is dependence, during which the search for a drug dominates an individual’s life. An addict eventually develops tolerance, which forces the person to consume larger and larger doses of the drug to get the same effect.

What You Can Do

Understanding How People Change is First Step in Changing Unhealthy Behavior. Stages-of-change research has been used to develop dozens of behavior change programs, including HIV prevention, to help people live longer, healthier lives.

Getting Help

Have Your Children Had Their Anti-Smoking Shots?.  Attitude Inoculation dramatically reduces teenage smoking rates.

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