Category Archives: Addiction

Johann Hari: Everything you think you know about addiction is wrong

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Addiction Crisis

In 2014 more than 47,000 Americans died from a drug overdose. The CDC reports that drug-related death rates in Appalachia and the Southwest were especially high, but in almost every county in the country, the numbers are rising. Treatment programs … Continue reading

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Heavy marijuana use may harm the brain

New NIDA-funded research shows that heavy marijuana use (at least four times per week over the past six months) is linked to adverse changes in the function and structure of brain areas associated with reward, decision making, and motivation.  Heavy … Continue reading

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Secondhand marijuana smoke

People who are exposed to secondhand marijuana smoke may feel a bit of the “high” that comes with using the drug, a new study finds. They may also feel unable to think clearly, and they may even have detectable levels … Continue reading

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Debunking misconceptions around addiction

Michael Bierer, MD, addiction specialist and assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, discusses the misconceptions around all types of addiction.

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heart disease & drinking

Can you drink if you have heart disease? Moderate drinking should be OK, if your doctor approves, but you shouldn’t count on alcohol to be a major part of your heart health plan. “If you don’t drink alcohol now, there … Continue reading

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Transcending addiction and redefining recovery: Jacki Hillios

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