How Addiction Hijacks the Brain

Resource Type: Handout
Year: 2020
Organization/Source: Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division
Tags: Addressing Stigma, Family Intervention/Support, Patient Education

This handout, also found in the Addiction Policy Forum’s “Navigating Addiction and Treatment: A Guide for Families,” describes how addiction hijacks the brain. Clinicians and peer support specialists may find this useful to provide to patients and their loved ones to increase their knowledge of how addiction affects the brain.


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