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In which we explore the science of addiction

Video: Opioid Addiction and Treatment
10 months ago

Video: Opioid Addiction and Treatment

The fourth and last video in this series on opioids focuses on opioid addiction and treatment. First, there is a distinction to be made between dependence and addiction. Dependence is …
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Video: America’s Epidemic of Opioid Abuse
10 months ago

Video: America’s Epidemic of Opioid Abuse

The third video in this series of four draw attention to America’s epidemic of opioid abuse. While opioids work to alleviate pain, what else are they responsible for? About 1/3 of …
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Video: The Science of Opioids
11 months ago

Video: The Science of Opioids

“The Science of Opioids” is the second video featured in this series of 4 that explains the reception and breakdown of opioids in our brains and bodies. Follow the science, …
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This Is What Happens Inside an Addicted Brain
1 year ago

This Is What Happens Inside an Addicted Brain

What is actually happening inside of your body and brain when you become addicted to something? This video from Life Noggin explains..

 

 

 

If you or …
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The ‘Rat Park’ Comic, Part 1
1 year ago

The ‘Rat Park’ Comic, Part 1

A set of little-known experiments carried out over 30 years ago showed the profound impact that environment has on the possibility of becoming addicted to drugs. The following webcomic by …
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The ‘Rat Park’ Comic, Part 2
1 year ago

The ‘Rat Park’ Comic, Part 2

The Rat Park experiments sought to show that underlying psychological issues as well as environmental conditions play a significant role in someone’s path to addiction. This is part 2 of the webcomic …
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Oh, So *This* Is Your Brain on Drugs
2 years ago

Oh, So *This* Is Your Brain on Drugs

There was no shortage of anti-drug PSAs in the 80s and 90s. But were any of them effective? Is it possible that some may have actually been counterproductive to their cause? …
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Booze Makes These Neurons Crave More Booze
2 years ago

Booze Makes These Neurons Crave More Booze

Drinking alcohol changes the shape of “go” neurons, a part of the brain that makes you want to act—in this case, pour another drink—new research shows. And binge drinking over time …
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Your Brain’s Reward Center
2 years ago

Your Brain’s Reward Center

Addiction to drugs, alcohol, or any other destructive habit doesn’t come as the result of some personal failing. It’s actually the result of some pretty serious brain chemistry, as this …
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The Brain Chemistry of an Addict
2 years ago

The Brain Chemistry of an Addict

Humans have always struggled with addictions. Yet, only in the past few decades have neuroscientists begun to understand precisely how addictions affect the brain — and why they can become …
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