FAQ: Difficulty in Quitting Drug Addiction
2. Why can't drug addicts quit on their own?
Nearly all addicted individuals believe in the beginning that they can stop using drugs on their own, and most try to stop without drug addiction treatment. However, most of these attempts result in failure to achieve long-term abstinence. Research has shown that long-term drug use results in significant changes in brain function that persist long after the individual stops using drugs. These drug-induced changes in brain function may have many behavioral consequences, including the compulsion to use drugs despite adverse consequences. This may be the defining characteristic of addiction.
Long-term drug use results in significant changes in brain function that persist long after the individual stops using drugs.
Source: National Institute of Drug Abuse, "Principles of Drug Addiction Treatment: A Research Based Guide."
Staff, H. (2008, December 25). FAQ: Difficulty in Quitting Drug Addiction, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2021, December 6 from https://www.healthyplace.com/addictions/articles/difficulty-in-quitting-drug-addiction