Data from drugabuse.gov, defines drug addiction as:
A chronic, often relapsing brain disease that causes compulsive drug seeking and use, despite harmful consequences to the addicted individual and to those around him or her.
You can learn more about understanding drug abuse and addiction at http://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/understanding-drug-abuse-addiction.
At the moment, we are nationally celebrating the Red Ribbon Campaign, which has everything to do with drug addiction awareness and prevention.
The annual National Red Ribbon Celebration provides drug awareness by touching millions of children and families. Organizations such as, the National Family Partnership, reach out to communities to educate youth and encourage participation in drug prevention activities.
According to redribbon.org, this years theme is “Love Yourself, Be Drug Free”. It was created by Alexa Dougherty, a 7th grader from New York. She says:
“I came up with the theme, ‘Love Yourself. Be Drug Free,’ because drugs are such a harmful thing for your body,” said Alexa. “If you are choosing not to take them, you obviously love yourself because you aren’t harming yourself. “
Go to http://redribbon.org/events/ to see how you can help, sometimes even locally. Join the pledge as well.
Love yourself and fight against drugs!