The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) updated its definition of addiction in October of 2019. The new definition takes into account the complex biological, social, psychological and environmental aspects of the disease in an attempt to help others better understand it.

Addiction is a treatable, chronic medical disease involving complex interactions among brain circuits, genetics, the environment, and an individual’s life experiences. People with addiction use substances or engage in behaviors that become compulsive and often continue despite harmful consequences. Prevention efforts and treatment approaches for addiction are generally as successful as those for other chronic diseases.

You can see their post on this new definition, along with a number of other resources here: ASAM Definition

Agencies that help with addiction recovery in Anderson County include:

  • Alcoholics Anonymous Anderson
  • Anderson Oconee Behavioral Health Services
  • Bridge Center Recovery
  • Celebrate Recovery
  • FAVOR (Faces and Voices of recovery)
  • Haven of Rest
  • Janie’s House of Hope
  • Labor of the Field
  • Narcotics Anonymous
  • New Mercies Ministry
  • NewSpring Recovery
  • RAW@Crossover Community Church
  • Shalom House
  • South Main Chapel & Mercy Center
  • Southwest Carolina Treatment Center