Addictive Substances Trick The Brain –

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The brain can experience pleasure from all sorts of things we like to do in life; eat a piece of cake, have a sexual encounter, play a video game. The way the brain signals pleasure is through the release of a neurotransmitter (a chemical messenger) called dopamine into the nucleus accumbens, the brains pleasure center. […]

Addiction Is Similar To Other Chronic Diseases

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Addiction research has clarified the definition of addiction which is now called substance use disorder SUD and considered a chronic brain disease. Over the last 30 years research has brought new understanding about how substances hijack and negatively impact brain function.  This new information about the way the brain is affected, can now replace outdated […]

Brain recovery from substance use disorder is possible but takes time

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Substance use decreases brain function and changes behavior in ways that those with Substance Use Disorder (SUD) find it increasingly difficult to control. With abstinence or Medically Assisted Treatment (MAT) brain recovery is possible. How the brain recovers from addiction is an exciting and emerging area of research. There is evidence that the brain does recover. The […]