Memory and Addiction

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Memory and Addiction A recent study was published in the Journal of Neuroscience by Washington State University researchers. They indicated that found a mechanism in the brain that enables memory in the process of drug addiction. This is important because the discovery opens a new area of research geared at discovering a therapy that could alter or stop this mechanism in addiction; making drug addiction less addictive. Turning off the tool that creates these powerful memories will hopefully lessen the impact and...

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Common Street Drugs Part 1: Oxy, Cocaine, Mushrooms

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Common Street Drugs Part 1: Oxy, Cocaine, Mushrooms A recent article published by USA today states some quick, hard facts about 6 common street drugs in Wisconsin. But the information discussed is true for most of the US. These drugs make up the more dangerous and prevalent substances that law enforcement have been concerned about recently.   The first 3, discussed here, include Oxycontin, mushrooms, and cocaine. The latter 3 will be discussed in a later blog – part 2. OxyContin – what is it made of and...

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Take Care of Yourself when Helping Others in Recovery

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Take Care of Yourself when Helping Others in Recovery Sometimes, when helping others in recovery, individuals forget about their own needs too much and suffer themselves. It is really important to take care of yourself when helping others in recovery. Supporting someone else takes vast amounts of time and emotional energy. Most of the time, financial pressure is involved as well. Often, those taking care of the individual in recovery let themselves fall to the bottom of the list of priorities. Thinking that you...

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Trauma and Addiction

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Trauma and Addiction Almost everyone has experienced some sort of trauma in life. While some individuals can recover quickly and easily from trauma, when trauma is particularly significant or when there is not support for the traumatized individual, trauma can lead to addiction. In fact, people who have experienced high amounts of trauma are at an increased risk for drug and alcohol abuse. A recent study titled, The Adverse Childhood Experiences Study (ACEs) examined 17,000 people in California who reported severe...

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Examining Drug Use Patterns

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Examining Drug Use Patterns A recent article posted on is very helpful in identifying whether or not you (or someone close to you) truly have an addiction problem. What’s the difference between social drinking and being an alcoholic? How do you know if you are on the road to dangerous addictions or not? Truly, this varies for each individual, but the author of the aforementioned article gives some good guidelines as to how to define these boundaries in defining 4 degrees of drug use. #1...

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