Addiction: An Illness Or A Crime?

According to a recent Human Rights Watch study published in 2013, federal drug offenders in the United States are given an offer they can’t refuse: fight federal drug charges in court and risk getting a sentence thrice as long if you lose, or simply accept a guilty plea deal and serve much less time. According…
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Addiction As A Brain Disease

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, addiction can be defined as a chronic, relapsing brain disease that is characterized by compulsive drug seeking and use, despite harmful consequences. Though many people see addiction as a choice – a voluntary action done to produce a pleasurable feeling– scientific evidence proves that addiction is much…
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Addiction: A Multi-Faceted Disease

In the state of North Dakota, the number of drug cases submitted to the State Crime Laboratory have increased by 26% from 2013 to 2015. In 2015, alcohol, marijuana, meth, opioids and heroin were the top five substances reported by adults in North Dakota Alcohol and Other Drugs treatment. These statistics from the North Dakota…
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Brain Structures And Addiction

Addiction. Most people have run into it, whether it be knowing someone personally, or knowing a friend of a friend who has an addiction problem. If you have never experienced addiction yourself, it may be hard to understand how someone could possibly become so dependent on a substance that it starts to ruin their life.…
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Addiction: A Disease Or A Choice?

Like many of the issues we have been looking at recently that involve the brain, this is going to be a complicate issue but I will try to tackle it the best that I can. But, I firmly believe that addiction is a disease and in this blog I will try to show why I,…
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