a chronic relapsing brain disease. Brain imaging shows
that addiction severely alters brain areas critical to
decision-making, learning and memory, and behavior
control, which may help to explain the compulsive and
destructive behaviors of addiction.
starts early and peaks during the teen years. This
increased risk is partly due to adolescents' heightened
sensitivity to social influences (friends) and their
still developing brain, particularly areas critical to
judgment and impulse control.
studies demonstrate that the right mix of behavioral
therapy, medication (when available) and personal
support can help addicted people navigate the road to
recovery. Learn how to pick an appropriate treatment