If you’ve been abusing drugs or alcohol for long, you know how powerful the bonds of addiction can be. Even users who want to quit may find it difficult to stop once abuse progresses past mild physical dependency.
If you’ve found it impossible to stop abusing a mind-altering substance, you’re not alone. The task of ending substance abuse is made more complicated by addiction cravings. The condition causes chronic and compulsive urges to seek and use a substance to feel its psychoactive effects. These cravings never entirely go away, but users can learn to resist them and prevent future relapse.