The American Association of Addiction Medicine describes addiction as “a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory, and related circuitry. Dysfunction in these circuits leads to characteristic biological, psychological, social, and spiritual manifestations. This is reflected in an individual pathologically pursuing reward and/or relief by substance use and other behaviors.”

That dysfunction often includes neglecting education and employment. Since the addicted person is caught in a cycle of using, going into withdrawal, craving, and using again, normal responsibilities are often ignored, if not completely forgotten.

Rebuilding a normal life after addiction includes the need to focus on education and employment. Encore’s Life Skills program includes access to academic coaching and career counseling.