The addiction paradox

This is an interesting and informative article from:
Bruce Bower 2:30pm, March 7, 2014          https://www.sciencenews.org       full link below

There is a link below for the article in its entirety.  It is a fairly long read, by that I mean it could take 3 or 4 minutes.

Anyway, there is hope for people who decide to kick the habit and age doesn’t matter.

I am not going to say anything more because Mr. Bower does an outstanding job.  I am sure the fact that I agree with him has a lot to do with it.  Nevertheless, he is a good writer.

Both paragraphs below are excerpts from his article.

Most provocatively, he calculates that the likelihood of recovery stayed constant over time. A disease that turns the brain into an increasingly insatiable drug-seeker would make aging addicts the least likely to recover. Yet, heavy alcohol users in the study were as likely to give up the bottle or revert to occasional use at age 40 or 50 as at 30. That means that people whose addictions lasted into their 50s and beyond still had the potential to turn their lives around, Heyman concludes.

Rehab and other forms of treatment jump-start recovery, even if many people with drug problems eventually get better on their own, Compton says. He compares this situation to flu sufferers, who can return to health without treatment but do so more quickly when prescribed proper medication.

Drug dependence has two faces 

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