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Understanding Addiction Reward and Pleasure in The Brain

Last Updated on February 10, 2019 by Learning how the brain responds to pleasure has blasted the doors of addiction research wide open. Though there’s still a vast amount of unknowns where the neuroscience of substance abuse is concerned, researchers understand how the brain’s reward and pleasure centers are hijacked by drugs and alcohol. In […]


14 Places Where Teens Hide Drugs From Their Parents

Last Updated on February 19, 2019 by Teenagers are in a difficult “in between” time of life. They’re no longer children, and they’re not yet adults. Not only are they experiencing a physiological and hormonal awakening, but psychologically they’re beginning to think for themselves. Balancing a teen’s need for privacy while protecting them from poor […]


Substance Abuse Hits The Campaign Trail

Last Updated on April 28, 2016 by With just under a year left before the 2016 Presidential Election, both democratic and republican candidates are crisscrossing the nation, campaigning in as many states as possible. Their speeches revolve around the economy, education, national security, healthcare, foreign policy and a number of other topics that are forever […]


Medicare Refuses to Share Substance Abuse Data With Researchers

Last Updated on February 3, 2021 by Scientific research into addiction has come a long way since locking alcoholics and drug addicts in sanitariums for the insane. We now know that addiction is a chronic, relapsing brain disease that some people are at risk for due to genetics, while others develop the condition as a […]


Hooked on Hookah: Is It Really That Bad?

Last Updated on January 29, 2018 by Maybe you’ve seen an exotic looking hookah in the window of a smoke shop, or been to a party where people were using one or, perhaps, you’re one of a growing number of people visiting hookah bars, cafes and lounges. If you don’t know what we’re talking about, […]


5 Reasons America’s War on Drugs is Evolving

Last Updated on April 28, 2016 by There’s no denying that America’s attitude toward drug abuse and addiction is changing. The U.S. spends more than $51 billion annually on in its war on drugs, and not only has the problem not gone away, many experts believe that this “war” is doing more harm than good. […]


60 Minutes: A Crisis of Heroin Addiction In America

Last Updated on April 28, 2016 by Enough opioid painkillers were prescribed by doctors in Ohio last year, three quarters of a billion, that every man, woman and child in the state could have had 65 pills each. Though the state has been hit particularly hard by the ever-increasing spread of heroin, losing on average […]