What Is Addiction?

Addiction is a brain disease characterized by use of a substance (such as alcohol or other drugs) in spite of evidence that the substance is damaging, and is affecting the person’s ability to fulfill his or her responsibilities to job or school, and to relationships.  The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) maintains a website full of information that is helpful for individuals and their families (www.nida.nih.gov).

This link to an article by Nora Volkow, Director of NIDA, which provides some valuable information about how addiction affects the brain, and about why the addicted person can’t just choose to stop.