According to the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse

"Addiction is a complex disease, often chronic in nature, which affects the functioning of the brain and body. It also causes serious damage to families, relationships, schools, workplaces and neighborhoods. The most common symptoms of addiction are severe loss of control, continued use despite serious consequences, preoccupation with using, failed attempts to quit, tolerance and withdrawal. Addiction can be effectively prevented, treated and managed by healthcare professionals in combination with family or peer support."

Ipswich Aware seeks to educate people about how they can be proactive in preventing addictions. From understanding that addiction is a disease, not a moral failing, to learning how to listen to a neighbor with an open mind to having the courage to ask for help, the more we talk without judgment, the more we can serve each other.