7 Things You Should Know About Addiction
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It's not a weakness.

The most important thing you can understand about addiction is that it's a serious, chronic and progressive disease — but one that can be successfully managed through continued treatment and support.

Although the initial decision to use drugs is voluntary for most people, continued substance abuse is not a sign of little willpower or a lack of morals. Drugs contain chemicals that cause brain changes over time, actually altering the brain's communication system and disrupting the way the nerve cells normally receive, send and process information. These changes interfere with one's self control and the ability to resist intense impulses for further substance use.

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