What causes addiction and why is it so hard to treat

If you are in a relationship with someone who has an addiction it can be very challenging due to the effects of the drug use as well as the impacts on the families finances and functioning from their need to access their drug of choice.

This TED ED video explains what is going on within the brain and body when someone has developed a drug dependence and gives some indication of the challenges to become drug free.

The message is that it can be done but it is usually not as easy as deciding to stop.

If you find that it isn’t possible to stop your dependence on a drug of any type it is important to understand that, talk with your doctor and seek out the peer support of organisations dedicated to helping people to live free of drug dependence or addiction.

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