Drug Treatment

Drug Treatment

Treatment varies depending on the type of drug and the characteristics of the patient. The best programs provide a combination of therapies and other services. Why do drug-addicted persons keep using drugs? Nearly all addicted individuals believe at the outset that they can stop using drugs on their own, and most try to stop without […]

What Helps People Stay in Treatment?

What Helps People Stay in Treatment?

What helps people stay in treatment? Because successful outcomes often depend on a person’s staying in treatment long enough to reap its full benefits, strategies for keeping people in treatment are critical. Whether a patient stays in treatment depends on factors associated with both the individual and the program. Individual factors related to engagement and […]

Difference between Physical Dependence & Addiction

Difference between Physical Dependence & Addiction

FAQS Is there a difference between physical dependence and addiction? Yes. According to the DSM, the clinical criteria for “drug dependence” (or what we refer to as addiction) include compulsive drug use despite harmful consequences; inability to stop using a drug; failure to meet work, social, or family obligations; and, sometimes (depending on the drug), […]

Drinking and Pregnancy

Drinking and Pregnancy

When You Are Pregnant Drinking Can Hurt Your Baby When you are pregnant, your baby grows inside you. Everything you eat and drink while you are pregnant affects your baby. If you drink alcohol, it can hurt your baby’s growth. Your baby may have physical and behavioral problems that can last for the rest of his or […]

Washington Government Links

Washington Government Links

For information about drug-related data and responses to drugs and crime in Washington visit these sites: Clandestine Drug Lab Program DEA Seattle Division Division of Alcohol and Substance Abuse and Recovery Help Northwest High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Snohomish Regional Drug Task Force Washington State Statistical Analysis Center

The Science of Drug Abuse and Addiction

The Science of Drug Abuse and Addiction

What is drug addiction? 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 […]