Tag: Addiction

Disorders of the Self

Self Disorders

Understanding addiction as a neurological disease that takes away the self-control one has over their own behavior helps to differentiate between addictive behavior and native personality traits.  An addict’s character may become extremely distorted when they are under the influence of drugs.  Once sobriety is established, the personality then reverts back to individual baseline behavior.  …

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Is The Alcoholic Brain Different?

Alcoholic Brain

Drinking on a Monday morning doesn’t make you an alcoholic, but science is working on understanding the thing that does. Alcoholism may be a downer of a topic, but it’s important to understand how addiction is formed and reinforced. As we’ve learned more, the idea behind addiction has changed. In the early 20th century, addiction …

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Moving Forward To Sobriety

Moving Forward To Sobriety

The past may have influenced where you are today, but where you want to be in terms of your sobriety tomorrow is up to you. No matter when, how, or why you started using or abusing drugs, at one point it became a learned behavior.  You may have learned about drugs in your own family.  …

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Methamphetamine

Methamphetamine

Methamphetamine, also called meth or crystal meth, among other names, is a psycho-stimulant drug mainly known for its recreational use. Methamphetamine is chemically similar to amphetamine, a drug used to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity-disorder, obesity and narcolepsy; but being more potent and highly addictive, methamphetamine is rarely prescribed for medical treatments. Most commonly, the drug is …

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Is Addiction Inherited?

is addiction inherited

Some scientists suggest that our genetics are essentially the predictor of our future, particularly when it comes to addiction. They tend to lock us rather securely into our physical heritage through heredity.  So when it comes to addiction, these scientists tell us that if we have one parent who is an alcoholic or drug addict, …

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Your Brain On Drugs

your brain on drugs

Addісtіоn іѕ a nеurоlоgісаl dіѕоrdеr that affects the reward ѕуѕtеm in the brаіn. In a hеаlthу реrѕоn, the reward system rеіnfоrсеѕ important bеhаvіоrѕ that аrе essential fоr ѕurvіvаl ѕuсh аѕ еаtіng, drіnkіng, ѕеx, аnd ѕосіаl іntеrасtіоn. Fоr еxаmрlе, the rеwаrd ѕуѕtеm ensures thаt уоu rеасh fоr food whеn уоu are hungry, because уоu knоw thаt …

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