Why Are Drugs so Hard to Quit?

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Why Are Drugs so Hard to Quit?



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This resource is an animated video from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) which explains addiction in simple terms. Quitting drugs is hard because addiction is a brain disease. Your brain is like a control tower that sends out signals to direct your actions and choices. Addiction changes the signals in your brain and makes it hard to feel OK without the drug. Watch the video for a visualization of these concepts and for information on how to get yourself or a loved one help.

Content Standard(s):
Health Education
HE (2019)
Grade: 5
5.4.4) Apply risk reduction behaviors to protect self and others from use of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs.

Health Education
HE (2019)
Grade: 6
6.7.2) Describe practices to avoid to reduce health risks to self and others.

Examples: smoking or vaping, drinking alcohol, using illegal drugs, texting while driving

Health Education
HE (2019)
Grade: 7
7.1.2) Predict the risk of injury or illness if engaging in unhealthy behaviors.

Examples: riding in the bed of a pick-up truck, biking without a helmet, riding without a seat belt

a. Give examples of dangers associated with the use of alcohol, tobacco or other drugs.

Health Education
HE (2019)
Grade: 7
7.2.5) Discuss how risky choices influence the likelihood of unhealthy behaviors, including tobacco use increasing the risk of using other drugs and peer pressure to consume alcohol.

Tags: addiction, drug abuse, drugs, unhealthy behavior
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Author: Michelle Frye