Staying Sober in Addiction Recovery · “Alas. If alcohol or other drugs are the shortcut, the chemicals in those substances cause more brain changes that erode judgment, long-term thinking, and impulse control. Alcohol and drugs start out feeling like a remedy for internal distress. They end up undermining the parts of the brain that allow someone to stop using.
The apparent cure becomes a cause of illness that perpetuates itself as physical addiction takes hold.