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 Vales, M.Ed., LPC, LCDC, ICADC
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)