Drugs and HIV

Drug abuse and addiction have been closely linked with HIV/AIDS since the beginning of the epidemic. Although injection drug use is well known in this regard, the role that non-injection drug abuse plays more generally in the spread of HIV is...

The Road to Recovery

Most people go into drug treatment either because the court ordered them to do so, or because loved ones urged them to seek treatment. The good news is that, according to scientific studies, people who enter drug treatment programs in which they...

Your Brother's Keeper: Red Flags to Addiction

A person may start out taking drugs voluntarily, but as time passes and drug use continues, something happens that makes a person go from being a voluntary drug user to a compulsive drug user. Why? Because the continued use of drugs changes how...

Getting Hooked: The Process of Addiction

Think about how you feel when something good happens—maybe your team wins a game or you're praised for something you've done well—that's your limbic system at work. Because natural pleasures in our lives are necessary for survival, the limbic...

The Brain and Drug Abuse

The brain is the command center of your body. It controls everything you do, even when you are sleeping. The brain is made up of many parts that all work together as a team. Each of these different parts has a specific and important job to do...

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