People use substances for a variety of reasons. It becomes drug abuse when people use illegal drugs or use legal drugs inappropriately. This includes the repeated use of drugs to produce pleasure, alleviate stress, and/or alter or avoid reality. It also includes using prescription drugs in ways other than prescribed or using someone else’s prescription. The initial decision to take drugs is mostly voluntary. However, when addiction takes over, a person’s ability to exert self-control can become seriously impaired. Addiction occurs when a person cannot control the impulse to use drugs even when there are negative consequences—the defining characteristic of addiction. These behavioral changes are also accompanied by changes in the brain and how it works. These brain changes can be long lasting and can lead to many harmful, often self-destructive, behaviors.
Brain-imaging studies from people addicted to drugs show physical changes in areas of the brain that are critical for judgment, decision-making, learning, memory, and behavior control. Scientists believe that these changes alter the way the brain works and may help explain the compulsive and destructive behaviors of an addicted person.
Every year, illicit and prescription drugs and alcohol contribute to the death of more than 90,000 Americans, while tobacco is linked to an estimated 480,000 deaths per year.
Abuse, National Institute on Drug. “The Science of Drug Abuse and Addiction: The Basics.” NIDA, www.drugabuse.gov/publications/media-guide/science-drug-abuse-addiction-basics.
Types of Addiction
|Join us for the 7th Annual Norwich WinterFest 5K! Reliance Health, Inc. and HMF Events (Hartford Marathon Foundation) are pleased to bring the WinterFest 5K and Free FitKids Fun Run back to Norwich. Join this festive race for a great cause – to benefit Reliance Health, Inc., a non-profit community mental health center in Norwich while highlighting the importance of community wellness. New location and NEW COURSE for 2019! Registration and awards will be held at Kelly Middle School with the 5K taking runners through Mohegan Park. |
The race is open to both walkers and runners at all fitness and experience levels – a fun family event to get moving and active! Not a runner or a walker? Consider volunteering! Volunteers get free shirts and coffee. Register to run, walk, or volunteer at: https://www.hartfordmarathon.com/norwich-winterfest-5k/
All participants get a long sleeve tech shirt, delicious post-race food and family fun activities. Balloon art, face painting, and a special prize for best costume! The races kick off with a free HMF FitKids run at 9 with the 5K following at 9:30.
HO HO HOliday Series! Celebrate the season by running all three holiday-themed races: Norwich Winterfest 5K, Blue Back Mitten Run and Run for a Claus. Register early for all 3 events to guarantee commemorative HO HO HOliday Series swag. Details available at: https://www.hartfordmarathon.com/challenge-series/
Sponsored by: The Schuster Group; Leader Stores, Southeastern Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc., Smith Insurance, Inc.; Alarming Ideas, Chelsea Groton Bank, CohnReznick LLP, Eastern CT Savings Bank, IT Direct; Scepanski Roofing; A.A. Lock & Key, Dime Bank, The Pest Pros, & Waittes Insurance
All training sessions will include risk factors & prevention strategies, signs & symptoms of overdose, how to administer naloxone, Good Samaritan Law, and treatment/support resources.
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