Healing the Addicted Brain from Alcohol Abuse

Some people commonly view drinking alcohol as lighthearted fun or a way to interact with others in a social setting. Drinking at dinner parties and black tie events can seem harmless, but these are the perfect places for addicts to exploit the opportunity to excessively use alcohol. If your family member or loved one is…

Healing the Addicted Brain From Heroin Abuse

Heroin addiction is not a behavior; rather, addiction is a state of being for the brain. An addicted brain differs greatly from a healthy brain. A marked difference between the two concerns brain chemistry. A healthy brain functions normally as a result of various interactions amongst neurotransmitters (brain chemicals). Dopamine, a neurotransmitter that evokes pleasure, regulates motivation (a…

Want to Find Out Who Your True Friends Are? Get Sober.

The first friend we have to say goodbye to in recovery is alcohol, or whatever drug hijacked our brain and turned us into something we never intended to become. The fact is, alcohol turned on us—from reliable best friend to instigator of problems to vicious enemy. But what about the people in our lives— the…

Healing the Addicted Brain From Methamphetamine Abuse

Methamphetamines wreak havoc on the minds and bodies of those who use them. Not long ago, it was believed that the damage done to the brain as a result of meth use was permanent, and while in extreme cases this may be true, the reality is that the brain is remarkably resilient, and there is…

Alcoholism’s Progression could result in ‘Wet Brain’

Alcoholism progresses, sometimes quickly and sometimes slowly. Left untreated, the physical, mental and emotional toll always increases. Although cirrhosis of the liver is one of the most common physical results of excessive drinking, development of “wet brain” is another serious possibility. The name itself conjures frightening  mental images of one’s brain rotting in a pool…

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