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Dopamine and Addiction.


Dopamine and Addiction

It is now clinically understood that the neurotransmitter Dopamine plays a central role in addiction. Most drugs of abuse, with the exception of benzodiazepines, have a direct effect on increasing the dopamine reward cycle in the brain. Once addicted the mere anticipation of getting high will...

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Family Therapy with Drug Abuse and Addiction.


Family Therapy with Drug Abuse and Addiction

The role of the family when dealing with drug abuse and addiction is a huge one. Family therapy can have a huge impact in conquering the drug abuse and addiction that has affected, most likely, every aspect of your family dynamics. It’s not an easy road to walk on, but when family therapy is...

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Drug Addiction and Pregnancy.


Drug Addiction and Pregnancy

When a woman is struggling with drug addiction during pregnancy, that drug used affects more than just her it affects her fetus as well. The drugs can also have devastating effects on the child when he or she is born. Drug addiction and pregnancy should be treated as a very serious issue.
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Alcoholism and Addiction.


Alcoholism and Addiction

Many people don’t really consider alcohol a drug. After all, it is legal to drink as long as you’re of age. But the real truth is that alcoholism is a form of drug addiction just as serious and harmful as addiction to other drugs. Because alcohol is legal to drink, many people just...

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The Picture of Drug Addiction.


The Picture of Drug Addiction

When you think of drug addiction, what kind of picture do you get in your mind? Do you see a person dressed in tattered clothes sitting in a rain soaked alley with a needle in hand? Do you picture addiction in terms of a person begging on the street for money to buy just one more hit? The picture...

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How Substance Abuse Happens.


How Substance Abuse Happens

Substance abuse occurs when a person uses a substance, which in time the body comes to rely on. When a drug, obtained either legally or illegally, is used regularly, the brain becomes used to its presence and normal functioning may occur. When the amount of the substance in the body is depleted as...

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The Risk of Alcoholism in Early Drinkers.


The Risk of Alcoholism in Early Drinkers

A recent study conducted by the National Institute of Health (NIH) looked into the association between teenage drinking and alcoholism. The study took into account such factors as history of alcoholism in the family, smoking, childhood antisocial behavior, and drug use. All of these factors are...

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Addiction Recovery - A Life Long Process.


Addiction Recovery - A Life Long Process

Addiction affects both the user and society, which means that both should be partners in the inpidual’s road to addiction recovery. In a lot of cases, addiction involves both periods of relapse and periods of recovery. It is during relapse that support from the people around the person...

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Stages of Change for Addiction, Treatment and Rehabilitation.


Stages of Change for Addiction, Treatment and Rehabilitation

Prochaska & DiClemente developed a stages of change model that identifies 5 progressive stages of change as they specifically apply to overcoming addictions. Precontemplation The stage where the inpidual is not contemplating changing any of their addictive behaviors. This stage is often...

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