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

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13. Treatment: How Do I Get Better?

Suppose you have been doing drugs for several years, and your life has begun falling apart. Your boss is suspicious over your behavior and absences. Your spouse is fed up and threatening to leave. You owe plenty of money to the banks and your friends. Out of desperation, you talk to your family physician, who has been telling you for months that “It doesn’t have to be this way. Get into treatment! Get into treatment!”

Many people are in trouble because they are using drugs, but it really doesn’t have to be this way. Treatment is available. Some people are confused about what treatment means. It does not mean that they will be handcuffed, arrested, locked up, given a prison record, forcibly withdrawn from drugs, ...

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