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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…

The Other 12 Steps: How Loved Ones Can Cope with Addiction

If you have a loved one with the disease of alcoholism, you may know about the 12 Steps for him or her. But did you know that there are a set of 12 Steps just for you? Just as the one you love needs a set of tools to work with, so do you. 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…

Healing the Addicted Brain From Marijuana Abuse

Marijuana is a drug that can have deleterious effects on the ability of the brain to function the way it should. Some of its effects are short-term, while others are long-term. Short-term effects on the addicted brain usually include a relaxed, dreamy state in which time seems to move by more slowly for the user,…

What Is the Connection between Drug Addiction and Mental Illness?

In one sense, asking about the connection between drug addiction and mental illness is like asking what is the connection between cancer and physical illness: one is a subset of the other. However, in the popular mind, alcoholism and drug addiction are viewed as strange beasts somehow outside of the category of mental illness. Addiction…