Answering Your Questions about Addiction and Recovery

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The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration reports that there are almost 24 MILLION Americans struggling with an addiction to alcohol and/or drugs. That equates to approximately 1 out of 10 people age 12 and up. Put another way, EVERYBODY knows SOMEBODY with an addictive disorder – alcoholism, illegal drug abuse, or the misuse of prescription medications. This is …

Dopamine and the Teenage Brain

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“… it shouldn’t surprise us that behaviors such as eating or sexual behavior are linked with increases in dopamine and in the same areas that drugs do it.” ~Dr. Nora Volkow, M.D., Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse Whenever you read about the biological processes that drive addiction, you come across phrases about the “rush”, “flood”, or “surge” …

Addiction: A Modern Definition

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Not too long ago, addiction to drugs or alcohol was considered a character defect – a moral or spiritual weakness. People who abused either were told that they could quit if they just had enough willpower. And when they couldn’t end their addiction on their own, they and their families continued to be locked in a desperate and downward spiral. …