How Our Helpline Works

For those seeking addiction treatment for themselves or a loved one, the helpline is a private and convenient solution.

Calls to any general helpline (non-facility specific 1-8XX numbers) for your visit will be answered by American Addiction Centers (AAC).

We are standing by 24/7 to discuss your treatment options. Our representatives work solely for AAC and will discuss whether an AAC facility may be an option for you.

Our helpline is offered at no cost to you and with no obligation to enter into treatment. Neither nor AAC receives any commission or other fee that is dependent upon which treatment provider a visitor may ultimately choose.

For more information on AAC’s commitment to ethical marketing and treatment practices, or to learn more about how to select a treatment provider, visit our About AAC page.

If you wish to explore additional treatment options or connect with a specific rehab center, you can browse top-rated listings, or visit SAMHSA.

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How is the Brain Affected by Drugs and Alcohol?

Home Addiction Treatment Videos How is the Brain Affected by Drugs and Alcohol?

Dr. Charles Sophy, discusses the effects drugs and alcohol have on the human brain. Dr. Sophy describes how the brain is affected by changes in the balance of chemicals. This in turn makes changes to mood, anxiety levels and behaviors. He explains how the brain of an addict and non-addict differs. People with an addiction are normally found with a genetic predisposition. The brains differ in various ways one of which being; when in emotional pain an addicted brain will seek to sooth through harmful self-medication of drugs and alcohol. Non-addicted brains will sooth either by themself or through healthy alternatives to drugs.