The Battle Against Drug Addiction

While we have amazing facilities in the US that aid in overcoming drug addiction, why are the chances of relapse are so high in drug addiction? The National Institute on Drug Abuse states that about 40-60% of people relapse. Relapse can be due to strong withdrawal symptoms and environmental triggers. Drug rehabilitation centers focus on…
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What Happens In Addiction??

It can probably said that everybody struggles with addiction. Not only the classic examples that often first come to mind of drugs and alcohol, but coffee, Netflix, sugar, exercising, chocolate, sex, pop, gambling, social media, etc. These are all things people may say they are “addicted” to. People become addicted to things because of the…
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Addiction And The Brain

The biggest thing I have realized from our classes weekly focus on the topic of addiction is that addiction is a complicated, multifaceted behavioral disorder. The article we read for this week explained that addiction is influenced by genetic, environmental, and developmental factors. While there seem to be several receptors and molecule interactions that influence…
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You’re Addicted To A Drug, And You Might Not Even Know It

It makes you happy. You get cranky when you don’t have enough of it. Once you’ve gotten used to a certain amount, you need more to sustain you. It’s sugar. The way that sugar works on our brain chemistry is very similar to that of other drugs of abuse—it can cause one to become addicted…
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Brains Of Abuse

The term “drugs of abuse” gets thrown around when trying to specify drugs that are detrimental in nature. This is opposed to the “drugs of use” that would include over-the-counter and prescription medication. It is far too often that these abusive drugs lead one into a path of addiction, and it is far too often…
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