In 2011, at least 20 million people in the United States had an addiction, excluding tobacco.
An estimated 100 people per day die from drug overdose, a figure that has tripled in the past 2 decades.
Addiction is a complex topic, involving interplay between neuroscience, psychology, and sociology.
Though multifaceted, at a base level, dopamine and the brain’s reward system are the primary drivers of addictive behavior.
Over the years, our understanding has grown stronger, but finding ways to prevent the process is still out of reach.