Addiction Science

Addiction Does Not Discriminate.

The descriptions and circumstances are ever-changing as you look around the room. Despite the differing backgrounds, experiences, and ages, each of these individuals have something in common.
Addiction is complicating their life. Some still are holding down their job, some are still happy in their relationships, while some have nothing left, and others are losing grip on things they care about.

Why Are Men More Susceptible To Alcoholism?

An article in Medical News Today discusses the discovery of one possible reason for the often-discussed discrepancy in the number of male v. females who develop alcoholism. It seems that men’s brains release more dopamine (a “feel good” chemical) when exposed to alcohol. This may make them more likely to want to continue to drink, …

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Is Marijuana Addictive? It Depends On How You Define Addiction

The controversy is between physical addiction and “psychological” addiction, a more-or-less bogus distinction: “The distinction is completely arbitrary. Psychological addiction occurs in your brain and it’s a physical change,” says Dr. Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Different brain processes may be involved in the psychological drive to take drugs and …

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Exploring the Link Between Drugs, Alcohol, and Risky Behavior

We in the treatment field are well aware of a connection between Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and addiction.  This article explores some of the theory behind the observed facts, and what is being done about it. Research suggests that children with ADHD are more likely than their non-ADHD peers to drink alcohol and use drugs …

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Benzodiazepine Facts (Xanax, Ativan,Valium, Klonopin, etc.)

Benzodiazepines (benzos), common in drug abuse, are often referred to as “tranquilizers.” Xanax, Ativen, Valium and Klonopin are well-known benzos. They are central nervous system (CNS) depressants that have an effect on the brain similar to that of alcohol. It is extremely dangerous to drink alcohol or use other CNS depressants, such as opiates, while taking benzodiazepines. …

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Alcohol Messes Up Kids’ Brains Way More Than Adult Brains

Occasionally some kid will ask, “I have my whole life to get clean, why bother now?  I’m having fun!” Let’s get real.  If you’re reading stuff on this web site, you already sort of know that you or someone you know has a problem, and you may suspect that there are some important reasons why …

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Oh, I only have a couple of drinks…

It’s not uncommon to hear folks say things like “I only have a couple of drinks after I get home,” and similar remarks. This raises the question of what they mean by “drink.” Back in my drinking career, a “couple of drinks” would have referred to iced tea glasses stuffed with ice and then filled to the brim …

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US Moves To Ban “Fake Marijuana”

The DEA has begun a 30-day process to put the “designer marijuana” products in the same category as cocaine and heroin. The man who created three of the chemicals as part of his government-sponsored research nearly 20 years ago said, “They are dangerous and anyone who uses them is stupid.” Although they have similar effects, …

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‘K2’ is not OK — ban fake marijuana

Here’s an op-ed piece published on NewJersey.Com, written by Sunrise Detox’s own Ira Levy. K2, also known as “Spice,” “Mr. Smiley,” “Genie,” and “Zohai,” is widely available in New Jersey “head shops,” convenience stores and online. Most of it is shipped to the Garden State from Korea and China, where workers spray herbs and spices …

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