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"Drugs, Brains, and Behavior - The Science of Addiction"

"Drugs, Brains, and Behavior - The Science of Addiction"
Skip to main content En español Home » Publications » The Science of Addiction Drugs, Brains, and Behavior: The Science of Addiction Provides scientific information about the disease of drug addiction, including the many harmful consequences of drug abuse and the basic approaches that have been developed to prevent and treat the disease. NIH Pub Number: 10-5605 Published: April 2007 Revised: August 2010 Author: National Institute on Drug Abuse Science of Addiction is in the public domain and may be reproduced without permission from NIDA. Table of Contents Next Tags This page was last updated August 2010 Español Drugs, Brains, and Behavior: The Science of Addiction NIDA Publications Featured Publication Drugs, Brains, and Behavior - The Science of Addiction As a result of scientific research, we know that addiction is a disease that affects both brain and behavior. Read more Ordering Publications

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Codependency: Addicted to an Addict Frequently people who seek out this type of relationship do so because they have had similar experiences in their past. Even though it is dysfunctional and highly toxic most of the time, it is what they are familiar with and therefore, they are comfortable with it on some level. The codependent person usually doesn’t value themselves highly and has extremely low self-esteem. The person they have become dependent on isn’t able to give them the validating, intimate companionship that a healthy partnership is based on. Most often, the codependent person carries the weight of the relationship by themselves and receives very little participation or even cooperation from the individual they are attached to.

Why the Myth of the Meth-Damaged Brain May Hinder Recovery Methamphetamine is widely believed to cause brain damage and cognitive impairment in users. But this claim may be wildly overblown, according to a new review of the research. In 2004, the New York Times ran a story about how meth use eats away brain cells, headlining it this way: “This Is Your Brain on Meth: A ‘Forest Fire’ of Damage.” In 2005, another Times piece about the rise in foster children taken from parents who use meth noted the “particularly potent and destructive nature” of the drug and claimed that “rehabilitation for methamphetamine often takes longer than it does for other drugs.”

Sober and Shameless I posted on FB back in June about helping a drunk women outside a meeting I attended. This is the post: Tonight, I helped a drunk homeless woman get to the ER and off the cold street. She was outside a meeting; body shaking, tears rolling down her face, her belongings stuffed in a bag, completely alone, with no where to go. Wow, brings back terrible memories. I am grateful tonight, as a climb into my warm bed, so very grateful. Addiction Addiction is the continued repetition of a behavior despite adverse consequences,[1] or a neurological impairment leading to such behaviors.[2] Addictions can include, but are not limited to, drug abuse, exercise addiction, food addiction, computer addiction and gambling. Classic hallmarks of addiction include impaired control over substances or behavior, preoccupation with substance or behavior, continued use despite consequences, and denial.[3] Habits and patterns associated with addiction are typically characterized by immediate gratification (short-term reward), coupled with delayed deleterious effects (long-term costs).[4] Substance dependence[edit] Substance dependence can be diagnosed with physiological dependence, evidence of tolerance or withdrawal, or without physiological dependence.

Helping People Change What Families Can Do to Make or Break Denial by David Mee-Lee, M.D. The Dilemma for Families Affected by Addiction Martin was a 22-year-old son who lived with his parents. Internet addiction disorder Internet addiction disorder (IAD), now more commonly called problematic Internet use (PIU)[1] or compulsive Internet use (CIU).[2] Other overlapping terms include Internet overuse, problematic computer use or pathological computer use – and even iDisorder.[3] These terms avoid the word addiction and are not limited to any single cause, but only reflect a general statement about excessive computer use that interferes with daily life.[4] IAD was originally proposed as a disorder in a satirical hoax by Ivan Goldberg, M.D., in 1995,[5] though some later researchers have taken his essay seriously. Other habits such as reading, playing computer games, or watching very large numbers of Internet videos or movies are all troubling only to the extent that these activities interfere with normal life.

Substance Use Disorders and Vocational Rehabilitation Implications Technical Assistance Brief (2011) Introduction This Technical Assistance Brief on substance use disorders is intended to: provide a clear, detailed understanding of the disability; describe the implications for the vocational rehabilitation process and approaches that are aligned with current evidence-based or consensus practices and recovery-based principles; and, identify useful specialized resources. The ACCES Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Program is committed to serving individuals with substance use disorder (SUD) in recovery. It is our belief that employment is integral to recovery.

Distinguishing Brain From Mind - Sally Satel juliendn/Flickr From the recent announcement of President Obama's BRAIN Initiative to the Technicolor brain scans ("This is your brain on God/love/envy etc") on magazine covers all around, neuroscience has captured the public imagination like never before. Understanding the brain is of course essential to developing treatments for devastating illnesses like schizophrenia and Parkinson's.