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Expert: Our Brains Love to Be Addicted to Things

Expert: Our Brains Love to Be Addicted to Things

Our brains are wired to love things which are no good for us.

“Teens are especially vulnerable to experimentation with abusive drugs with their impulsive brains that are more attuned to peer pressure and less able to make healthy choices when it comes to long-term consequences,” says Celeste Napier, director of the Center for Compulsive Behavior and Addiction at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago.

“These chemicals insert themselves into brain circuits that are normally needed for rewarding the individual for doing behaviors that are important for the species: eating, drinking, having sex, and nurturing the young,” Napier said to members of the Illinois House Heroin Task Force.

Napier said families should help their children make good decisions before they try addictive drugs in the first place.

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