REPOST: Myths About Addiction: “They Could Stop If They Wanted To”

Excellent article here about addiction!

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In her blog entry for PsychCentral.com, Donna M. White discussed some of the notions people have on drug addiction and uncovered the real truth about substance abuse.


Whether we like to admit it or not, we all have our own ideas of what an addict looks like. We have our beliefs about why they engage in the behaviors they engage in and why they just won’t quit.

This is also true for addicts themselves. Often it is difficult to overcome addiction because of the perception of what addiction really is.

But the truth of addiction is sometimes hidden behind common, long-standing myths. So here are some of those common myths — and the real truth — about addicts and addiction.

  • Addicts can stop if they really want to.Research shows that long-term substance use alters brain chemistry. These changes can cause intense cravings, impulse control issues, and the compulsion to…

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