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Addiction is a complex but treatable disease. It is characterized by the compulsive craving, seeking, and use of a substance that persists even in the face of severe adverse consequences. For many, drug abuse becomes chronic, with relapses possible even after long periods of abstinence.
Untreated substance abuse and addiction add significant costs to families and communities, including those related to violence and property crimes, prison expenses, court and criminal costs, emergency room visits, healthcare utilization, child abuse and neglect, lost child support, foster care and welfare costs, reduced productivity, and unemployment.
For more information about addiction, treatment and recovery, or joining Indiana's fight against substance abuse, please contact the Governor’s Commission for a Drug-Free Indiana. Click here to access your county.