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Assessing Addiction. Celebrating Red Ribbon Week.

October 22, 2018

Addiction comes in many forms and can mean a lot of things. By definition, addiction is a condition in which an individual is obligated to continue pursuing a certain behavior, despite the damaging consequences. It comes in multiple forms, including drugs and alcohol, or a behavior like gambling.

An Addicted Brain

When a person is addicted their brain functions differently. An addicted brain tends to ignore certain tendencies and pursue the more pleasurable effect of addiction. This results in a craving for the user to continue partaking in these self-destructive tendencies. Gambling can cause monetary consequences, while drug addiction could damage yourself and those around you. Addiction ignores your well-being, community, and rational thinking, leading you down a course of self-destruction.  

Red Ribbon Week

During the week of October 23-31, the National Family Partnership is sponsoring its annual Red Ribbon Week. The Red Ribbon is a symbol for communities to rally together and bring education to youth while encouraging drug prevention activities.

The wearing of a Red Ribbon Week began in 1985 after the murder of DEA Agent Enrique Camarena. Though he was one person, he wanted to make a difference. In honor of his memory, people began wearing red badges of satin to honor the agent and combat the growing problem of illegal drugs. A red badge symbolizes that one person can make a difference.

In 1988, the National Family Partnership sponsored the first national Red Ribbon celebration. With this campaign, the NFP has reached millions of families, extending their education and drug prevention activities nationwide. Join CADS as we celebrate Red Ribbon Week from October 23-31!

If you or someone you know needs support with their addiction, or if you need help supporting someone else, CADS is here for you. Give us a call at (563) 326-1150. We are open, 24 hours a day.

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