Cocaine Changes the Brain from the FIRST Use

Albert Fontenot Addiction, Teen Substance Abuse Leave a Comment

Cocaine is making a comeback. A recent National Institute on Drug Abuse survey revealed that greater than 1 in 7 Americans over the age of 12 will experiment with cocaine at some point in their lives. That is especially true in Southern California – between 2010 and 2012, cocaine seizures at the US-Mexico border DOUBLED. Why is this significant? This …

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” …

The Impact of First-Time Marijuana Use

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Perhaps reflecting society’s changing attitudes, teen marijuana use is on the rise. Approximately 6% of American 12th-graders admit to smoking marijuana daily –THREE TIMES the rate over the last decade. 6 out of 10 high school seniors believe the drug to be safe. Available research shows they are wrong. Arizona State University Professor Madeline Meier, who led a Duke University …