According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA),
addiction is "a chronic, relapsing disease, characterized by compulsive drug seeking and use, and by neurochemical and molecular changes in the brain." Addiction impairs the body's organs and increases the risk of contracting other diseases. The Science catalog focuses on the disease of addiction and the impact of substance use on brain functioning.
Drugs, Brain and Behavior
The Science of Addiction published by NIDA
This infographic, published by NIDA, explains the science behind the disease of addiction, focusing on the effects that happen when the brain is exposed to substances.
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