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).

To learn more, watch a video about how your choices as a teen can "program" your brain for life. 

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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