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Addiction Science: From Molecules to Managed Care

Prolonged drug abuse changes the brain in fundamental ways that reinforce drug taking and lead to addiction.

We have evidence that these changes can be both structural and functional

These changes are difficult to undo and may last a long time.

This page was last updated July 2008

Prolonged drug abuse changes the brain in fundamental ways that reinforce drug taking and lead to addiction.

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National Institute on Drug Abuse (July 1 2008). Prolonged drug abuse changes the brain in fundamental ways that reinforce drug taking and lead to addiction.. In Addiction Science: From Molecules to Managed Care. Retrieved from http://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/addiction-science/drug-use-changes-brain/prolonged-drug-abuse-changes-brain-in-fundamental-ways-reinforce-drug-t

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