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Category Archives: Drugs

The Addiction Ripple Effect

Addiction may be a disease of loneliness, but the effect of addiction tends to radiate outward from the most isolated addict to his or her family, community, and the population at large in a ripple effect of continuing unintended consequences. The effect of addiction on the nation can be counted in the hundreds of billions…

Is Drug Addiction a Developmental Disorder?

The conventional wisdom in recovery circles says that people “stop maturing when they start using (alcohol or drugs).” According to a recent Yale study, teens’ brains are more susceptible to risky and impulsive behavior, including trying drugs in spite of the inherent risks. Furthermore, normal neural development is sidetracked in favor or repeating the behavior…

Finding Purpose in the New Year

Having a sense of purpose is a key ingredient of good mental health. With no purpose at all, it can be easy to fall prey to nihilism and depression. Purpose as an overarching concept offers structure and helps us understand our behavior. Once identified, it can be used as a reference point for decisions and…

Healing the Addicted Brain from Prescription Drug Abuse

When you abuse prescription drugs you are over stimulating regions of your brain that control the pleasure center, emotions, motivations and the movement areas in particular. The neurotransmitter, dopamine, overstimulates the reward section of your brain, as much as ten times that of other normal pleasurable behaviors such as eating or sex. This is the…

Healing the Addicted Brain From PCP Abuse

Anyone who has ever suffered through the aftermath of PCP abuse, or who has watched a loved one suffer, knows how devastating an effect it can have. While PCP is not as physically addictive as many drugs, the brain itself can become addicted very quickly and this addicted brain can lead to myriad physical, as well…