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Addiction now defined as brain disorder, not behavior isuue

Addiction is a chronic brain disorder and not simply a behavior problem involving alcohol, drugs, gambling or sex, experts...
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Five myths about heroin

America’s epidemic of heroin and prescription-pain-reliever addiction has become a major issue in the 2016 elections. It’s...
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With a 10-day supply of opioids, 1 in 5 become long-term users

The longer a person uses opioids, the greater the risk of forming a deadly addiction. But just how long does it take to...
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How to Have Compassion for an Addict

In the addiction field, we refer to substance abuse as a “family disease.” While there may be only one addict in the family, the disease has a trickle-down effect, impacting not only the addict’s life, but also the lives of his or her family, friends and loved ones.

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Understanding Addiction

What Is Drug Addiction?
Addiction is a chronic, often relapsing brain disease that causes compulsive drug seeking and use, despite harmful consequences to the addicted individual and to those around him or her.
Although the initial decision to take drugs is voluntary for most people, the brain changes that occur over time challenge an addicted person’s self-control and hamper his or her ability to resist intense impulses to take drugs.

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