Generally, a loved one shows compulsive drug-seeking behavior when he develops an addiction; however, initial substance abuse might stem from impulsive behaviors rather than a compulsion. Recognizing the differences between these behaviors help determine the best solution to help a loved one with their substance abuse. – See more at:

The root of the word “addiction” comes from the Latin word for “enslaved by” which is exactly what addiction represents in many cases. Addicts become so dependent on the addictive substance that they are enslaved by it.
Addiction influences the brain to such an extent that it causes cravings for the substance of addiction, continuing use of the substance even with negative outcomes and loss of control over its use.

Following the end of World War II, health professionals and scientists postulated the mechanisms behind alcoholism. Today, their findings and models have been refined and adapted into the Disease Theory of Alcoholism and is widely used to educate people on how addiction affects the brain. – See more at:

The brain is unique in the human body for many reasons. It controls all of the important functions of our body and mind including the function of many organs, physical movement of our arms and legs, how we think and speech and memory. Its complexity continues to mystify and confound scientists and physicians. However, what is known is that the health of the brain affects the proper functioning of the human body and damage to the brain can be quite devastating. – See more at: