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HOW ADDICTION AFFECTS THE BRAIN

Addiction affects the brain by tapping into its communication system and interferes with the way neurons normally send, receive and process the information.

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TYPES OF DRUGS

  • Legal drugs-alcohol, nicotine, opioid and pain killers.
  • Illegal drugs-heroin and cocaine.
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FACTORS CONTRIBUTING TO DRUG ABUSE

  • Genetics – genetics do play a role by predisposing in developing an addiction.
  • Environment – Divorce, frequent arguments, mental illness, drug and alcohol use.
  • Trauma – traumatic events can leave a scar on the mind, and over time victim choose to dull their pain with their drug of choice. These events include: Neglect
  • Verbal, physical and sexual abuse Physical altercations, Nature disasters and Accidents
  • Terrorism Mental illness – it is a matter of doing something to relieve stress and pain. Peer Pressure – Experiencing a sense of neglected or lack of attachment within 1
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