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There has been an encouraging development in the area of heredity and its link to addiction. Research carried out by Professor Henri Begleiter, PhD, of the State University of New York, corroborated by other researchers, has discovered a possible marker in the brain waves of people from alcoholic families. Brain waves were recorded and printed […]

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There are rare instances of individuals overcoming addiction on their own, without any form of professional assistance. But these are very few and far between and the rate of relapse in such cases is not documented. In a large number of cases, the addiction is merely a symptom of underlying issues, or dual diagnosis problems, […]

Not everyone who has the odd drink, or occasionally uses drugs, will become addicted. Some people can remain casual users or drinkers whilst others cannot. Research has yet to find a definitive reason as to why this should be, but it is widely accepted that heredity has a part to play. The genetic makeup of […]

An addict’s life is ruled by cravings ? to the exclusion of all else ? caused, in part, by changes to the path of neurons within the brain, referred to as the ‘reward circuit’ or ‘pleasure system’. Experiments carried out, on rodents with significantly similar biochemical processes to humans, had conclusive results. Electrodes were attached […]

Dopamine is one of the major neurotransmitters involved in addiction. Drug addiction and alcohol abuse increases dopamine levels in the brain, creating increased feelings of pleasure. This might seem to be a good thing, but the increased levels have a long term adverse effect on brain chemistry, which leads to addiction. When the level of […]

As well as affecting the size of the brain, research has discovered that addiction also alters the way cells actually function. The Central Nervous System is the way in which messages are passed from the brain to various parts of the body. This CNS is like a network of wires connected from the brain, through […]


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