Effects on Brain, Risk Factors, Signs

Addiction is a disease that affects your brain and behavior. When you’re addicted to drugs, you can’t resist the urge to use them, no matter how much harm the drugs may cause.Drug addiction isn’t about just heroin, cocaine, or other illegal drugs. You can get addicted to alcohol, nicotine, opioid painkillers, and other legal substances.At first, you may choose to take a drug because you like the way it makes you feel. You may Read More

Addicted to Pain Pills: Understanding Narcotic Abuse

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