The Trouble With Alcohol And Other Drugs Starts In The Brain...

Addiction Is a Brain Disease

Every human brain has two parts: the Limbic, sometimes called the "primitive" brain, and the Cortex, often called the "thinking" brain.

The limbic brain pursues security, pleasure and freedom from hunger or pain. The cortex brain puts limits on these primitive drives, making us more appropriate to civilized living and social success.

When the craving to drink overtakes the decision to be appropriate, trouble is on the way. The brain wants to help. But the brain is in conflict with itself. Some scientists even say that excess alcohol and other drugs "hi-jack" the brain.

Understanding addiction and recovery science gives individuals new tools for coping with addiction illness.

An addiction screening tool for alcohol use was designed by the World Health Organization (WHO), and is used in primary care and emergency room settings around the world.