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Understanding Addiction

How Addiction Hijacks the Brain

Key Points

  • Addiction involves craving for something intensely, loss of control over its use, and continuing involvement with it despite adverse consequences.
  • Addiction changes the brain, first by subverting the way it registers pleasure and then by corrupting other normal drives such as learning and motivation.
  • Although breaking an addiction is tough, it can be done.

To understand more about what causes addiction, the pleasure principle and how tolerance and compulsion play a role in addiction, read this article from Harvard Health Publications.


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