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The Addicted Brain: Why We Abuse Drugs, Alcohol, and Nicotine by Sylvia Wrobel, Michael Kuhar

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1. What’s in This Book, and Why Should I Read It?

“I’m only 14 years old and I’m in a drug counselor’s office. I’ve been stealing, missing school, and failing most of my subjects. It seemed to start when I got involved with drugs. We got dope from older brothers and sisters, from parents’ medicine cabinets, and on the streets. We never thought of it as ‘doing drugs.’ We were just having fun and hanging out, and we thought we could stop anytime. But we fooled ourselves. It caught up to us big time. Now I need to find out about what happened and what I can do to turn my life around. I need to know everything!”

Getting hooked on drugs is a sequence of attraction, seduction, compulsion, and pain. Drugs are dangerous and widespread, and dealing with ...

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