Addiction: Why Quitting is so Hard

Posted by Tim Gutierrez on December 10, 2018 at 6:07pm

Addiction is not a choice.  This is one of many misperceptions about people with behavioral health problems.  While it is true that the decision to use drugs or alcohol the first time is a matter of choice, physical addiction is a disease of the brain and body.  Telling a person with an addiction to just stop using is like telling someone with cancer to quit choosing cancer, or a person with diabetes to quit choosing diabetes.  It doesn’t work that way for cancer or diabetes, and it won’t work that way for addiction. 
Why do people become addicted?  Roughly half of a person's susceptibility to addiction can be attributed to genetics. This is why some people will Continue Reading...


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