Drug and Alcohol Addiction
Drug addiction is a complex illness involving genetic, environmental and behavioral factors. It affects the pathways in the brain. The
primary characteristic of drug addiction is an intense craving for a drug that is partnered with compulsive drug-seeking behavior. The initial use of drugs is voluntary, yet an addict's ability to abstain from drug use becomes compromised due to the effects of the drugs on the brain.
Halfway houses are often thought of as the framework that is built upon the foundation laid in rehab and/or treatment. Thought to be an extension of alcohol and drug treatment, halfway houses are often instrumental and a part of the aftercare plan to allow for extra support and guidance that assists recovering individuals as they transition from treatment to an independent with a healthy life style.
"According to information collected by Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), about 22.5 million Americans over the age of 12 were using illicit drugs in the last month. This equates to roughly 8.7 percent of people over the age of 12. Of those who admitted to have used illicit drugs in the last month, approximately 18.1 million used marijuana, 6.1 million used psychotherapeutics, 1.4 million used cocaine, 1 million used hallucinogens, 0.6 million used inhalants and 0.3 million used heronin." (SAMHSA)