Healing the Addicted Brain From Heroin Abuse

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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 …

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New Painpill—Another Killer?

There’s nothing new about prescription pill abuse, except for the amount of people doing it and the increasing variety of pills available. The Rolling Stones song “Mother’s Little Helper” came out in 1966, riffing on the popularity of Librium and Valium among middle-class housewives. High-school kids in the 60s and 70s took barbiturates, which packed …

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28 Days to Freedom: How Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Frees You from the Shackles of Addiction

If you find yourself reading this blog, congratulations! You’ve taken the first step to your recovery. Recognizing that there’s a problem and admitting that you need help is the first part of drug and alcohol rehabilitation. Accepting that you’re in bad shape isn’t easy; some patients deny it. After all, an addiction problem is embarrassing …

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Breaking Down The Barriers

Recent Study Confirms Years Pass Before Addicts Get Help By Roland F. Williams, MA, Licensed Advanced Addiction Counselor (LAADC), Internationally Certified Addictions Counselor (ICADC), Nationally Certified Addiction Counselor Level II (NCAC II), Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor Level II (CDAC II), Advanced Certified Relapse Prevention Specialist (ACRPS), Nationally Certified Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) In a …

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