The world’s leading addiction researchers & scientists now say that addiction is a brain disease which results in changes to brain structure and brain function. Frequent drug use over time causes these changes that unfortunately can persist after the addict has discontinued the use of drugs.
Once a drug has been used for a period of time it seems to alter the brain from “normal” to “addict”. The period of time during which drug use effects these changes differs from person to person.
Often, people addicted to alcohol or other drugs are seen as weak characters, intellectually deficient or just plain immoral. Stigma and stereotypes around addiction still abound.
Addicts cannot control their craving for the substance which they are addicted to despite the negative results like ill health and social or legal consequences.
The addiction worsens and becomes increasingly difficult to treat and the individual’s health deteriorates.
The Definition of Drug Addiction
One of the definitions of drug addiction is an uncontrollable and compulsive desire for drugs, including the search for and use of drugs despite all the negative health and social consequences.
Once addicted, the vast majority of users cannot return to occasional use. Absolute abstinence seems to be the only way to recovery.
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