Drug Addictions Are Physical Illnesses (Video)

Addiction can alter people's personality

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People should remember that drug addictions are physical illnesses, says Gregory Collins, MD, Section Head of Cleveland Clinic’s Alcohol and Drug Recovery Center.

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In this video, he discusses how drugs impact brain cell function, which in turn impacts everything we do and experience in life.

Anything that changes how our brain cells function controls our thinking, attitudes and emotions. Addictive drugs in effect can end up changing our personality.

“The kinds of drugs that have great addiction potential have tremendous power to do just those things,” Dr. Collins says.

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They drive our behavior in directions we would never have dreamed of and people may do things they never would have considered doing — just in order to enjoy the benefits of these drugs, Dr. Collins says. Learn more by watching his video.