Why Are Bad Habits Hard To Break?
NEW YORK (CBS NEWS) – What’s your poison, your addiction? Is it legal or illegal? Whatever it is you’re hooked on, from coffee to cocaine, smoking pot to pigging out, Nora Volkow has your number. She’s the head of the National Institute on Drug Abuse. For three decades now, Volkow has been looking — literally — into the brains of addicts: not just hard drug users, but smokers and overeaters too. Nobody knows more about how we get hooked and why bad habits are so hard to break. Dr. Volkow grew up in Mexico in a family with a famous ancestor and a tragic history. She’s made history herself by challenging many of the old ideas about our addiction to addiction.
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