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8. Could I Become an Addict? > Drugs Impair Our Judgment and Perpetuate Drug Us...

Drugs Impair Our Judgment and Perpetuate Drug Use

In many ways, drug abusers are among the least capable of stopping drug use. As they become intoxicated, their normal, cognitive and self-regulating abilities become compromised. For example, as they become drunk on alcohol, it becomes more difficult to stop drinking for several reasons. One reason is that the person is less aware of what he or she is doing, and the cognitive function, which is needed to help assess the situation, is impaired. Drug use can impair the function of brain regions such as the orbitofrontal cortex and anterior cingulate gyrus that are involved in judgment, decision making, and inhibition of unwanted activities like drug taking. These impairments contribute to a lack of control, compulsive drug taking, and a gene....4


  

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