Here you can find visual educational tools to help translate the complex science of addiction.




What is Addiction?

Learn more about the brain science of substance use disorders.




Why are drugs so hard to quit?

Quitting drugs is hard because addiction is a brain disease. Your brain is like a control tower that sends out signals to direct your actions and choices. Addiction changes the signals in your brain and makes it hard to feel OK without the drug.

This video from NIDA explains addiction in simple terms. For more information, visit




Anyone Can Become Addicted To Drugs

You might think that only some types of people can get addicted to drugs. The truth is, it can happen to anyone, whether you're young or old, rich or poor, male or female. This video from NIDA explains addiction in simple terms and offers a hotline to help you or a loved one find treatment.