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Understanding How the Effects of Drugs on the Brain Cause Addiction

drug abuse and the brain

Regardless of the type of drug involved, addictive drugs all exert certain effects that increase the likelihood of ongoing drug use. Also known as psychoactive agents, these drugs are able to cross the blood-brain barrier, which gives them easy access to the brain’s workings. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, drug addiction creates….

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Medical director: It's all in the brain

Managers may not be able to increase productivity by giving their employees serotonin — well, legally — but they can boost production by making the work area a little more brain-friendly. Daniel Amen, the medical director of Amen Clinics, focuses on making brain theory function in the day-to-day grind. His audience at California State University,….

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Anchorage motel could house chronic alcoholics

The Anchorage division of RuralCap is negotiating to buy a Red Roof Inn at Fifth Avenue and Karluk Street. The agency is seeking a state grant through the Alaska Housing Finance Corp. The Anchorage Daily News reported Monday the effort would follow a housing program in Seattle that does not require residents to stop drinking…..

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Hawaii near top for alcohol abuse

A survey finds the state has the lowest number of residents with an illegal drug dependency Hawaii has one of the nation’s highest rates of alcohol addiction but ranks as the state with the least drug dependence, according to a federal government survey released yesterday. More than four out of 100 people over 12 years….

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New year brings sobering reality for recovering alcoholic

John made it through Christmas with flying colors, though there was no hint of self-congratulation in his voice yesterday. But now New Year’s Eve is coming up, and for people like him the greatest hazards won’t be the ones lurking on the highways; they’ll be found in the gatherings of family and friends where someone’s….

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