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Addiction. Is it a disease?

There is no doubt that addiction causes mental and physical harm but is it a 'disease'? When a person drinks alcohol or takes drugs the brain releases the chemical dopamine which stimulates the ‘reward circuits’ of the brain. Thus the brain associates drinking alcohol and taking drugs with a pleasurable reward. The brain forms lasting memories associating drugs or alcohol with their reward and so the drug taking and drinking can become compulsive.

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