The disease of addiction is chronic and progressive with genetic, psychological, social, and environmental factors influencing its development. It is a disease that affects the whole person...mind, body, and spirit.
The individual has either continuous or periodic loss of control over using drugs and/or alcohol, is preoccupied with using despite the damage it is causing, and has distorted thinking, most notably denial.
The quantity of drugs and/or alcohol consumed is less important than the effect it has on the individual's life and the lives around him/her.
The first step in the recovery process is acknowledging that the use of drugs and/or alcohol is out of control and damaging the life of the individual.