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What Role Does Dopamine Play in Addiction?

Dopamine is a neurotransmitter in the brain that affects many things; most notably pleasure, which plays a role in our mental health. When the brain is functioning properly, we receive a positive reward in the form of pleasure from dopamine induced by eating, drinking, sex (normal physiological activities). This is a normal brain function that […]




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The Quit Smoking Timeline and What Happens to the Body

Smokers are all too familiar with the satisfaction of lighting up a cigarette and feeling the soothing sensation of nicotine flowing through the body. That feel good moment is actually nicotine triggering the flow of dopamine in the brain, which causes the sensation of pleasure. Nicotine is a stimulant and one of the most addictive […]




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Heroin on The Rise

This post was originally written in September 2013. Since that time, we have seen heroin go from a drug that was starting to show up in unlikely places, to where we are today in the midst of a full-blown epidemic in the United States. Heroin is making a comeback. It’s been able to advance under […]




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A Short Eating Guide For A Healthier Life

When changing your lifestyle, not only do you want to improve what you do but how you do it. You want to feel better about who you are, and one way to do that is by eating healthier. Granted, fast food and junk food is easier to mess with but when it comes to upgrading […]




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Why Does Stretching Work?

Everyone’s been subjected to the mantra of gym coaches and fitness gurus that stretching is a virtual cure-all for muscle injury. In fact, if you listened to all the advice out there on stretching, you’d be stretching after you wake-up, before workouts, after workouts, while you’re watching TV, before you go to bed and probably […]




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3 Exercises to Strengthen Your Emotional Muscles

Exercise is healthy for your body. Everywhere you look, people are talking about getting healthier by exercising, eating right and making changes in their lives. Building a healthy body is important to a happy life. But what you don’t always hear people talk about is exercising their emotions. Emotions play a part in every aspect […]




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