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The NIDA Blog Team
April 8 2019
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This is a question we get asked often. The answer might surprise you. It doesn’t have to do simply with willpower, or how “strong” or “weak” a person is.

It has to do with the brain.

Addiction is a brain disease. To learn more, watch the short video below.

If you or someone you love has a problem with drugs, get help. Find treatment near you: Call 1-800-662-HELP (1-800-662-4357).


To learn more, watch a video about how your choices as a teen can "program" your brain for life.