Our mission is to increase awareness, expand prevention, facilitate intervention, and promote recovery for substance use/abuse in teens and youths in the Dallas Independent School District.
Angel A. Vales, M.Ed., LPC, LCDC
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
What is drug addiction?
Addiction is defined as a chronic, relapsing disorder characterized by compulsive drug seeking, continued use despite harmful consequences, and long-lasting changes in the brain. It is considered both a complex brain disorder and a mental illness. Addiction is the most severe form of a full spectrum of substance use disorders, and is a medical illness caused by repeated misuse of a substance or substances.
National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA)