Many people do not understand why or how other people become addicted to drugs. It is often mistakenly assumed that drug abusers lack moral principles or willpower and that they could stop using drugs simply by choosing to change their behavior. In reality, drug addiction is a complex disease, and quitting takes more than good intentions or a strong will. In fact, because drugs change the brain in ways that foster compulsive drug abuse, quitting is difficult, even for those who are ready to do so. Through scientific advances, we know more about how drugs work in the brain than ever, and we also know that drug addiction can be successfully treated to help people stop abusing drugs and lead productive lives. Learn more
Why Are Drugs So Hard to Quit
Anyone Can Become Addicted to Drugs
IRP Researchers Spotlight
2014 Intel Addiction Science Winners
Get this Publication
As a result of scientific research, we know that addiction is a disease that affects both brain and behavior.