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Anyone Can Become Addicted to Drugs

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The NIDA Blog Team

A lot of us have an idea in our heads about what someone who is addicted to drugs looks like. But the truth is, anyone can become addicted to drugs.

Addiction is a brain disease. It can happen whether you're young or old, rich or poor, male or female.

Check out this 2-minute video from NIDA to learn the truth about addiction:


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My boyfriend has recently been getting high more regularly. I refuse to try anything, but I'm really worried about him. He's been doing edibles and is planning to start doing LSD next term. I've told him I'm worried and I don't like him doing it but he just says he'll be careful. I'm terrified for him because there seems to be nothing I can say to stop him. I don't want to give up on him, I just need help.

Figuring out how to help someone you love stop using drugs can be tricky. You’re doing the right thing by sharing your concerns with your boyfriend. Keep sharing! Also try to listen without making judgments. You can also share scientific information about what edibles and LSD can do to a person, including how they affect academic performance. Get the latest on how drugs affect the brain and body here: Once your boyfriend understands how smoking affects his brain, body, and life, it might open his eyes.

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