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NIDA On Drugs, Brain, And Behavior

How Science Has Revolutionized the Understanding of Drug Addiction. Addiction to alcohol, nicotine, and other drugs costs Americans as much as half a trillion dollars a year, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Since the 1930s, when the science of addiction got its start, scientists have consistently battled against a prevailing view of ….

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Seeking A Patch Or A Pill For Pot

Drug treatments for marijuana withdrawal. Sometimes it’s easy to forget that marijuana is the most widely used illegal drug of all. We demonize it, yet we take it for granted. We punish citizens for its possession, but we call it a “soft” drug. The idea of marijuana as an addictive drug–for some but by no ….

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Spice, K2, Other “Fake Pot” Illegal As Of March 1

DEA makes synthetic marijuana a Schedule 1 drug. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) exercised its emergency scheduling authority yesterday to outlaw the use of “fake pot” products. Sixteen states have already passed a mishmash of legislation outlawing one or more of the drugs in question, which are typically sold as Spice, K2 or Red ….

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Smoking And Adolescent Attention Deficit

Are young smokers risking cognitive impairment as adults? Call it “nicolescence.” It’s that time of life when certain 18-and-unders discover cigarettes. Most adult smokers begin their habit before the age of 19, and a majority of adolescents have tried cigarettes at least once. But for some of them-those who were “born to smoke,” in a ….

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The Ghost In The Receptor

The “spiritual” thing. It often seems as if the proponents of the biological view are offering a take-it-or-leave-it view of human nature and behavior. The gene proposes and the neuropeptide disposes. But one important attribute of the brain’s receptor systems is that they are not static. The number and density of receptor fields, the sensitivity ….

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A River Of Rage And Redemption

An interview with writer James Brown. “Who could blame a reader, after James Frey’s discredited ‘A Million Little Pieces,’ for being skeptical of the pyrotechnic literature of addiction?” asks L.A. Times writer Susan Salter Reynolds in her review of “This River” by James Brown in the Sunday Los Angeles Times. Besides, it’s a cliché to assert ….

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LSD Flashbacks

Evidence for “hallucinogen persisting perception disorder.” After taking a dose of mescaline in 1898, the writer Havelock Ellis reported that he experienced a heightened sensitization to “the more delicate phenomena of light and shade and color” for a prolonged period after his drug experience. John H. Halpern and Harrison Pope of the Alcohol and Drug ….

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Addicted To Negative Thinking

Hi, today in this session  I will discuss how easily becoming addicted to negative thinking can be.   Throughout the years, patients have come to my office looking to resolve problems but many say things like, “…I can’t do this or I can’t do that.”  People need to realize that there is no obstacle in life, ….

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New Addiction/Recovery Web Site

Daily news blog is part of “The Fix.” I’m pleased to announce that I will now be writing and editing a new blog, “This Just In,” for the recently-launched addiction and recovery site,The Fix. Some top-notch writers are involved, like Susan Cheever and Walter Armstrong. Big take-down of Narconon in the current issue. I encourage ….

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