Topic: addiction and the brain
There is research that links more potent cannabis, including skunk, to THC-related changes in the brain, among daily users at least.
Topics: addiction and the brain, cannabis, research
Is Cannabis Addictive?
The best answer is the one we came up with to explain the selectivity of alcoholism: Differences in individual susceptibility.
Topics: addiction and the brain, cannabis, risk factors
How to Forget
Suppose we could develop cognitive techniques and train the patient to use them whenever symptoms reappeared?
Topics: addiction and the brain, early recovery, research
Trauma and Memory
In fact, it’s often difficult to convince the trauma patient to seek treatment, in part because of fear of having to re-experience the event.
Topics: addiction and the brain, co-occurring disorders, trauma
About Those Blackouts…
Of course, the drinker isn’t aware of having entered a blackout. Far as they’re concerned, things are proceeding as normal.
Topics: addiction and the brain, alcohol, signs and symptoms
Nature vs. Nurture Again
We can’t predict in advance which user will turn out to be in which category, and frankly, neither can they.
Topics: addiction and the brain, epidemiology, opioids, research
Searching for a Substitute
If addiction really is a brain disorder based in complex adaptations to a substance, then who’s to say those adaptations won’t occur with a different drug?
Topics: addiction and the brain, kratom, maintaining sobriety, MAT, types of treatment
There’s no blood test, no scan to aid diagnosis. Knowing intellectually that one in ten will succumb is very little help; it has no practical value in terms of predicting an individual outcome.
Topics: addiction and the brain, opioids, physicians, prescription medications, risk factors
Diagnosis: Towards Validity and Consistency
The way addicts and alcoholics themselves talk about their condition (“an emotional disease,” “a parasite the feeds on our emotions”, “an emotional cancer,” “a fear based disease”) is rarely considered in theories of addiction.
Topics: addiction and the brain, diagnosis
A Better Diagnostic Understanding of Addiction
While it may have similarities to other disorders, the emotional dysregulation that characterizes addiction is not the same.
Topics: addiction and the brain, co-occurring disorders, diagnosis