Understanding Addiction

If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction, you may be baffled and confused. It is difficult to understand how someone can continue to abuse substances, despite worsening consequences, often destroying future prospects. In many cases legal and health-related problems develop. Sadly, an untimely death may be the final consequence.

How does one make sense of it all?

Research has shown that there is really something quite significant going on in the brain of those using mind-altering substances. Thanks to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, materials are available on their website to assist with understanding the science behind addiction.

Do you have an experience to add? Comments are encouraged.

More on this topic at:
National Institute on Drug Abuse
The Neurobiology of Drug Addiction

Additional resources:
The Neurobiology of Addiction – 101 (PDF)

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  1. Ann From the Desk of...

    The question I have is: is there something different going on in the brains of people who become addicted, and those who just use but don’t become addicted?

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