Addiction: What is it?

Some people think addiction is a disease; others like to think that it is just a lack of willpower.

What we do know is that addiction, whether it be to alcohol, cigarettes or illegal drugs, is characterized by an inability to stop using the substance, even though it might be causing lifestyle, relationship or health problems. There have been huge advances in recent years showing how drugs and addiction affect the brain.

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Addiction & the brain

The brain of someone who is dependent on alcohol and other drugs works differently from that of someone who doesn’t rely on substances. This video provides a good illustration of how addiction affects the brain’s neural functioning.

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