Addiction is a chronic disease characterized by drug seeking and use that is compulsive, or difficult to control, despite harmful consequences. The initial decision to take drugs is voluntary for most people, but repeated drug use can lead to brain changes that challenge an addicted person’s self-control and interfere with their ability to resist intense urges to take drugs. These brain changes can be persistent, which is why drug addiction is considered a "relapsing" disease—people in recovery from drug use disorders are at increased risk for returning to drug use even after years of not taking the drug.

NIDA. (2018, June 6). Understanding Drug Use and Addiction. Retrieved from on 2019, March 2


opioid crisis

Our nation and our state are in the midst of an opioid crisis.  Millions of individuals and families have been devastated by the effects of this addiction.  "Opioids", also known as narcotics, take the form of prescription drugs (such as Oxycodone, Vicodin and Percocet) or street drugs such as heroin. Heroin available on the street may be cut or laced with much more deadly narcotics such as fentanyl or carfentanil, leading to a surge in overdose deaths in Connecticut and the US.  Intravenous drug use is also leading to an uptick in other public health concerns such as Hepatitis C.  If you or someone you know has a problem with narcotics or any other substance or behavioral addictions, please seek help.  


Central connecticut Health District’s Response

CCHD has received a grant from the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services. Through the “How Can We Help Grant”, CCHD can offer Recovery Coach services to individuals who desire to begin their journey of recovery from opioid addiction and guidance to family members who are grappling with the consequences of their loved one’s addiction.


Behavioral addictions

Not all addictions involve intoxicating substances. Some behaviors can turn into addictions, which can wreck havoc in our lives in the same way addictive substances can. Professionals do not recognize all behavioral addictions as true addictions. Many behavioral addictions respond to standard treatments for drug addiction.