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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 […]


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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 […]


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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 […]

Long term alcohol abuse literally shrinks the brain. Post mortems have shown that, in alcoholics, the brain is smaller and lighter than in non-alcoholics of the same age and gender. Non-invasive tests, such as MRI and CT scans have also shown this to be true in living alcoholics. Similarly, it has been discovered that addiction […]

As it turns out, spending time on Facebook and other social media sites may be doing you more harm than the mere waste of a few hours. Experts are increasingly recognizing the link between time spent on social networking platforms and the depressive state. According to a new study by the University of Leeds, in […]

Substance and process addictions (i.e., sex, gambling, etc.) have a common etiology, or stem from a common place. Generally speaking, all addictions arise out of the same place in the brain. Addiction is essentially a thought disorder related to memory and recall. At Sovereign Health’s drug rehab center, located in Orange County, California, we focus […]

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