Why are addictions so hard to break?

Dr. Mike Dow, PsyD
Addiction Medicine
Watch as Dr. Mike Dow discusses why addictions are so hard to break. 

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

Addictive behaviors can change our brain chemistry in ways that makes the addiction nearly impossible to break. As you know from TV shows, movies, and perhaps your own personal experiences with addiction, addictions that are harmful to the abuser and the abuser's family are harder to break than Joe DiMaggio's hitting record. And, unfortunately, addiction isn't one of those areas where you can just pop a pill to make it go away, because all addictions have physical, emotional, and social influences. So you often require a pro, who can get you off the wrong track and on the right one, and a buddy who can help you stay there.

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