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What is drug addiction? Everything You Think You Know About Addiction Is Wrong

 
 

Drug addiction is a chronic disease characterized by compulsive, or uncontrollable, drug seeking and use despite harmful consequences and changes in the brain, which can be long lasting. These changes in the brain can lead to the harmful behaviors seen in people who use drugs. Drug addiction is also a relapsing disease. Relapse is the return to drug use after an attempt to stop.

 
 
 

Silhouette of a man standing in a dark tunnel.

 

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The path to drug addiction begins with the voluntary act of taking drugs. But over time, a person’s ability to choose not to do so becomes compromised. Seeking and taking the drug becomes compulsive. This is mostly due to the effects of long-term drug exposure on brain function. Addiction affects parts of the brain involved in reward and motivation, learning and memory, and control over behavior.

 
 

Addiction is a disease that affects both the brain and behavior.

 
 

Can drug addiction be treated?

 
 

Yes, but it’s not simple. Because addiction is a chronic disease, people can’t simply stop using drugs for a few days and be cured. Most patients need long-term or repeated care to stop using completely and recover their lives.

 
 

Addiction treatment must help the person do the following:

 

stop using drugs

 

stay drug-free

 

be productive in the family, at work, and in society

 
 

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