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Facts About the Most Used and Abused Drugs from Alcohol to Ecstasy:
Why can't drug addicts quit on their own?
Nearly all addicted individuals believe in the beginning that they can stop using drugs on their own, and most try to stop without treatment. However, most of these attempts result in failure to achieve long-term abstinence. Research has shown that long-term drug use results in significant changes in brain function that persist long after the individual stops using drugs. These drug-induced changes in brain function may have many behavioral consequences, including the compulsion to use drugs despite adverse consequencesÑthe defining characteristic of addiction.
Understanding that addiction has such an important biological component
may help explain an individual's difficulty in achieving and maintaining
abstinence without treatment. Psychological stress from work or family
problems, social cues (such as meeting individuals from one's drug-using
past), or the environment (such as encountering streets, objects, or
even smells associated with drug use) can interact with biological factors
to hinder attainment of sustained abstinence and make relapse more likely.
Research studies indicate that even the most severely addicted individuals
can participate actively in treatment and that active participation
is essential to good outcomes.
What is Amphetamine Addiction?
Viewed in some circles as the less-threatening "little brother" of the dangerous and highly addictive crystal meth, amphetamine remains a significant threat to the adolescents and adults who use the drug in misguided attempts to fight off fatigue, enhance concentration, or gain a competitive edge in an athletic event.
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