ASAM says that the problem is the brain

Jan 13, 2013 at 02:21 PM

American Society of Addiction Medicine says…

“…addiction is not about drugs, it’s about brains.  It is not the substances a person uses that make them an addict; it is not even the quantity or frequency of use.  Addiction is about what happens in a person’s brain when they are exposed to rewarding substances or rewarding behaviors, and it is more about reward circuitry in the brain and related brain structures than it is about the external chemicals or behavior that “turn on” that reward circuitry.”

Nora D. Volkow, MD, Director, National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

“… addiction is not simply a disease of the brain, but it is a developmental disorder, and it begins early in life–during adolescence.”