Addiction & Recovery

Parents Helping Parents supports the American Society of Addiction Medicine’s definition of addiction:

Addiction is a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory and related circuitry. Dysfunction in these circuits leads to characteristic biological, psychological, social and spiritual manifestations. This is reflected in an individual pathologically pursuing reward and/or relief by substance use and other behaviors.

Addiction is characterized by inability to consistently abstain, impairment in behavioral control, cravings, diminished recognition of significant problems with one’s behaviors and interpersonal relationships, and a dysfunctional emotional response. Like other chronic diseases, addiction often involves cycles of relapse and remission. Without treatment or engagement in recovery activities, addiction is progressive and can result in disability or premature death.

Endorsing the disease model of addiction places addiction education as an organization priority.  Every family enters crisis with varying levels of motivation, knowledge and experiences with addiction. As a result of these variances, Parents Helping Parents wants to ensure that families are provided with quality, accurate information and resources for addiction education.

Parents Helping Parents fully believes addiction is a family disease. The family system often suffers devastating experiences during the active addiction of a loved one. We understand the value of education and support for families in the process of change and the value of a healthy family system to support the consumer in recovery.