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The Neuroscience of Addiction: Hedonic Set-Point

There is a theory in psychology that everyone  has a certain set-point of happiness. The hedonic set-point remains relatively constant throughout an individual’s life, but can be altered by certain events. Addiction changes the hedonic set-point in our brains, leading to dysphoria and unhappiness when the drug is removed. Dr. Alex Lickerman, in a 2013Read More

Surprising Dangers of Marijuana

Marijuana is generally considered a non-addictive and harmless drugs. However, there are surprising dangers associated with marijuana use. Marijuana can have very serious effects on both mental and physical health, and although it does not cause physical addiction in the same sense as other drugs, the psychological dependence can be difficult to overcome. Early marijuanaRead More

How Does Meth Affect the Brain?

Methamphetamine is a powerful illicit stimulant that quickly causes damage to the brain. It is highly addictive and rapidly creates tolerance, causing a user to use more and more of the drug to experience the same effects. With increased use and addiction, the damage that meth causes to the brain is greatly increased. Methamphetamine canRead More

Admitting Addiction to Loved Ones

Coming to realize that we have become powerless over drugs and alcohol and that are lives are unmanageable is the first step of 12 Step Recovery programs. We may be able to admit to ourselves that we suffer from addiction and alcoholism, but are uncomfortable admitting it to others. The fear of judgement is powerful,Read More

You are Not Your Addiction

Addiction is a complex disease that affects every aspect of our being. It causes us to place drugs and alcohol as a priority over all else. The result is that we lose our sense of identity and lost touch with who we are at the core of our being. We are so much more thanRead More

Is There a Cure for Addiction?

Addiction is a complex disease that affects the mind, body, and spirit. There is no cure for addiction, however it is possible to manage the disease. Proper management requires treatment that addresses all underlying causes of addiction, as well as engagement in a daily recovery program of action to reduce the possibility of relapse. AddictionRead More

How Dangerous is Fentanyl?

In the past decade, overdose rates from opioids have skyrocketed. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, “Deaths from fentanyl and a handful of other synthetic opioids tripled from 3,105 in 2013 to 9,580 in 2015, and those numbers are likely underestimates.” The introduction of fentanyl has made using opioids much more dangerous now than everRead More

Coping with Dreams About Drugs and Alcohol

It is not uncommon for men and women in recovery to have dreams about using drugs or alcohol. They can be disconcerting, and we often wake up filled with anxiety about the fact that we had relapsed in our dreams. However, there is no reason to let these sorts of dreams negatively affect us. InRead More

What Social Factors Contribute to Addiction?

Addictions is a complex disease influences by a variety of factors. There are biological components, such as hereditary genes that contribute to the development of addiction, but there are also social factors that can influence someone to become addicted to substances. Someone who does not have a genetic predisposition for addiction can still become addictedRead More

What is “Rock Bottom”?

Rock bottom is the worst place that we can be in active addiction. It occurs when we have hit such a low point in our life that we feel that things cannot possibly be any worse. We may face homelessness, legal problems, health problems, or a variety of other painful circumstances. It is from thisRead More