How Drugs Affect Neurotransmitters and the Brain: The Reward Center

How Drugs Affect Neurotransmitters and the Brain: The Basics

It’s important to have at least a basic understanding of the different parts and processes of the brain that are involved with the reward pathway because they are fundamental to addiction. There are neuropeptides that activate the various chemical receptors and act on the reward pathway. Neurotransmitters are chemicals that relay, amplify, and modulate signals…

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Why Addiction Happens

Why Addiction Happens

Throughout the history of medicine, there have been various theories of addiction. Historically, addiction was thought to be a form of spiritual possession, and this provided the origin of referring to alcohol as “spirits.” Sometimes the behavior of addicted persons seems more animal than human. This is typified by the aggressive behavior and lack of…

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Let's Get Real - Marijuana Isn't Just Potentially Harmful, It Can Be Addictive

Let’s Get Real – Marijuana Isn’t Just Potentially Harmful, It Can Be Addictive

I tell people who don’t believe marijuana is addictive to go to a Marijuana Anonymous meeting, where they will see and hear people whose lives have been ruined by marijuana. Anytime you smoke something, it’s harmful. When you inhale smoke, whether it’s tobacco smoke or marijuana smoke, inhaling heated smoke is inherently unhealthy. In addition,…

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