If addiction is a brain disease, does that mean people will never get better?

No – people can and do recover.  Addiction does change the way the brain works, making it very difficult to stop.  Fortunately, there are treatments that help people counteract addiction’s powerful disruptive effects and regain control. Research shows that combining addiction treatment medications, if available, with behavioral therapy is the best way to ensure success for most patients. At Phoenix House, we design individual treatment approaches that are tailored to each patient’s drug abuse patterns and any co-occurring medical, psychiatric, and social problems can lead to sustained recovery and a life without drug abuse.

(Adapted from: http://www.nida.nih.gov/scienceofaddiction/brain.html)

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