Why Are Drugs So Hard to Quit?


Ever hear someone with a drug problem talk about quitting? And then they try to quit on their own, with no help. They tell their friends they’ve given up drugs forever. It usually doesn’t work. Eventually, they slip and start using again. Why are drugs so hard to quit? Because addiction is a brain disease. Addiction is when you feel a strong urge to keep taking a drug, even if it is causing harm. To stop, ask for help. Your brain is like a control tower. It sends out signals that direct your actions and choices. When you take drugs, the chemical signals in your brain change. This affects your choices, your actions and even the way you feel. The part of your brain that lets you feel pleasure can be changed by drugs. Normally, this pleasure center is active when you eat, fall in love or experience something else you enjoy. After a while, the drug becomes more important. When someone takes a drug, they first feel a “rush” or a “high.” But over time, the “high” is not as strong. And they need the drug to keep from feeling bad. This is what happens when you are addicted. But you don’t have to stay that way. Quitting drugs is hard, but it can be done. If you or someone you love has a problem, get help. Find drug treatment near you. Call 1-800-662-HELP. Want to learn more? Find easy-to-read drug facts at www.easyread.drugabuse.gov

39 thoughts on “Why Are Drugs So Hard to Quit?

  • This and other videos that are sure to be posted in the next couple months make it much easier for the public to understand how the brain is responsible for the disease of addiction. While the brain is responsible for the disease, the individual is accountable to do something about it. Lots of resources out there!

  • Awareness / Information is power! Thanks to this kinds of videos. Good job! Worth to share!

  • Can someone tell me how to come off of Fevarin? Without it I wake up every 2 hours, so the sleep isn't relaxing at all, it kills libido (no orgasm). But the worst withdrawal effect must be… Hah, I don't even know how to describe it. It's like feeling an electring current in my head, something like electricity going from one synapse in the brain to another – it occurs especially when moving eyes.

  • Asking for help does not mean you are weak, it means that you are strong enough to face reality. That is the first step to quitting drugs.

  • I am not an addict, but I have sympathy for addicts. I spent time in involuntary rehab and I met many there. Young kids too. Kids so addicted they would smuggle drugs into rehab. It's obvious it's a compulsion out of their control.

  • What a joke of a video and to top it off they use a pot leaf like that is what anyone who chose to watch this video is trying to quit. No offense if you are having problems with pot but I'll be the first to say that if that's your problem then you should be fine. The rest of us apparently are fucked. Between the "how to forgive yourself" videos and "how to control your thoughts" videos I've came to the conclusion that one must consistently be aware of what your mind is doing at all times. Every waking moment is a potential chance for a probable negative action. Through controlling your thoughts and forgiving yourself for what is over with in the past is how you move forward. I've been watching video after video now for the last few hours and I've come to this conclusion. But this video was complete and utter solicitation, I'm pretty sure that anyone with a drug problem knows that they can call a place that will tell them that they have a problem that can be fixed for just a small fee of so and so. I say instead, do your homework and find out for yourself that you are in control of your thoughts which control your actions which in turn for one reason or another makes you turn to narcotics. Forgive yourself for past transgressions and control your life though constant positive thoughts and thought control though being aware of your thoughts. That's to say whatever thoughts make you want to use, notice them and eliminate them immediately by replacing them with other thoughts, distractive thoughts till the urge passes. This is just my opinion but I still think that the people who wanted answers though this video got none, hopefully my comment may have shed a little light on other methods of stopping using. Good luck.

  • they are not hard to quit. as ourselves we have a choice to be firm and say no. for those who loose themselves on drugs then it just is not for you. weed for the lazy and those who need to remain relax. the rest of other are not for everyone i understand if i am a soldier in a battle ill get dope up to numb myself and fight. cocaine Is a toothache medicine not to get high. who make these drugs are high educated scientist that work within a sort of government

  • Can you please create a full comprehensive list on how to stay drug free, or a video where you can explain the steps that one needs to take in order to be drug free. There are not a lot of videos that explain the most important factor that creates drug addiction – friends. Somebody needs to explain the toxic consequence and the steps that one needs to make in order to avoid bad influences.

  • This is so simple I really can't believe it. I guess it tells basically what is going on, and it is surely a good thing that it gives someone a place to call. I guess my issue with this government is that it is still locking people up for having a "brain disease". Also drug treatment should be free. We really need to change our attitude towards drug addiction and use. Our laws are making addicts criminals and everyone knows, even our government, that doesn't work and ends up costing everyone more.

  • Gotta say I am very disappointed in this video, I actually thought it would be informative but all it did was tell me what i already know about drugs and how ppl can get help, another thing i already know.

  • interesting points ,if anyone else trying to find out how to quit drinking wine try Debuncar Instant Speech Aid (do a search on google ) ? Ive heard some great things about it and my mate got cool success with it.

  • Cannabis helped me quit my fentanyl habit that I started at the age of 16 and I'm 21 now and have been clean of all opiates for 8 months and I'm never going back, I use cannabis regularly to keep my cravings for fentanyl or heroin away and in general it just makes me a more compassionate human being. Cannabis is medicine and it makes me wanna live life which just 8 months ago I wanted to take my life.. i never thought I'd ever experience joy and love like I do without cannabis…. never touching a needle again.. and to anyone who watches this video stay strong and you will get through the storm one day at a time. Cannabis helped me and I hope it helps you. ( rest in peace bailey I miss you brother )

  • Unreal..a pot leaf shown when talking about drugs!! If you're struggling with addiction to pills, heroin..SMOKE POT!! IT WILL SAVE YOUR LIFE!!

  • More simplistic nonsense. Try quiting a serious H habit. "Cravings" is comical. You become a puking, shitting, shivering, pain wracked crawling mess in physical agony, compounded by brutal soul destroying black depression. Everything tastes, smells and feels like a nightmare. You cant even ingest water. Noise, bright lights, all of it is torture. Your guts are on fire, convulsing constantly to spurt acidic bile through mouth an ass. And it starts within 24 hours or so and just gets worse and worse and drags on and on. Within 3 weeks of this, you begin to feel a bit better but still extremely weak. Disease of the brain? Yeah, sure…

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