Feet of a sleeping child saved by National Alcohol- and Other Drug-Related Birth Defects Awareness Week

National Alcohol- and Other Drug-Related Birth Defects Awareness Week

When people are having discussions about drug and alcohol addiction, they usually place the emphasis on the user. That’s a shame because there often is collateral damage involving others that gets lost in the conversation. Every year, medical groups throughout the nation band together to celebrate National Alcohol- and Other Drug-Related Birth Defects Awareness Week.…

Woman learning about what causes addiction

What Causes Addiction

Substance-abuse disorders are complex, which makes the answer to the question of “what causes addiction” also complex. Those at risk for developing an addiction are thought to possess a combination of poor coping skills and genetic predisposition. Addictive substances also rewire the brain, which exacerbates the desire to continue using. Understanding What Causes Addiction Part…