Why Are Drugs So Hard To Quit?

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This is a question we get asked often. The answer might surprise you. It doesn’t have to do simply with willpower, or how “strong” or “weak” a person is.

It has to do with the brain.

Addiction is a brain disease. To learn more, watch the short video below.

If you or someone you love has a problem with drugs, get help. Find treatment near you: Call 1-800-662-HELP (1-800-662-4357).

Find Help Near You

Use the SAMHSA Treatment Locator to find substance use or other mental health services in your area. If you are in an emergency situation, this toll-free, 24-hour hotline can help you get through this difficult time: call 1-800-273-TALK, or visit the Suicide Prevention Lifeline. We also have step by step guides on what to do to help yourself, a friend or a family member.

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