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Addiction Science: From Molecules to Managed Care

Decades of research have revealed addiction to be a disease that alters the brain.

Addiction is a Brain Disease

We now know that while the initial decision to use drugs is voluntary, drug addiction is a disease of the brain that compels a person to become singularly obsessed with obtaining and abusing drugs despite their many adverse health and life consequences.

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National Institute on Drug Abuse (July 1 2008). Decades of research have revealed addiction to be a disease that alters the brain.. In Addiction Science: From Molecules to Managed Care. Retrieved from http://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/addiction-science/what-addiction/decades-research-have-revealed-addiction-to-be-disease-alters-brain

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