The consequences of untreated addiction often include other physical and mental health disorders that require medical attention. If left untreated, addiction becomes more severe, disabling and life threatening.
What is Addiction?
Addiction is a complex disease of the brain and body that involves compulsive use of one or more substances despite serious health and social consequences. Addiction disrupts regions of the brain that are responsible for reward, motivation, learning, judgment and memory. In addition, it is a chronic disease similar to other chronic diseases such as type II diabetes, cancer, and cardiovascular disease. Addiction does not occur because of moral weakness, a lack of willpower or an unwillingness to stop.