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Addiction-brain effects: Sex addiction, neurotransmitters, and being love addicted

August 30th, 2009

***A disclaimer: Sex addiction is a relatively new concept in science. I haven’t been able to find much research on the subject, so much of what is being said here is my interpretation of the current literature on sexual responsivity in humans.***
I’ve already mentioned that scientists are beginning to consider behavioral addictions (like gambling [...]

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The brain-addiction connection : Neurons and neurotransmitters

June 3rd, 2009

As I’d mentioned in an earlier post, while many people experiment with, or use, drugs at some point in their lives, only a small percentage (between 10%-15%) develop chronic drug abuse and dependence problems. While some of the specifics of what makes one person more likely to move from recreational use to addiction are still being [...]

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About Addiction: babies, bath salts, and prescriptions

August 14th, 2012

Another week has come and so has another group of research and addiction news stories! This week we’re covering a multitude of subjects from prescription drug abuse to bath salts to ecstasy. It is important to stay current on news regarding addiction and recovery and A3 is here to help you do just that!
Increase in [...]

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Bath Salts – Pressing the Issue

July 11th, 2012

Q &A – Dr. Adi Jaffe PhD Interviewed By Tony O’Neil of The Fix
“A man was attacked on the side of the highway, authorities find the attacker eating a the victims face, and only after multiple bullet wounds is the attacker stopped.” This Zombie-like behavior is common in Hollywood scary movies, but as of late the [...]

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About Addiction: food, treatment, babies and teens

July 5th, 2012

Our weekly About Addiction summaries are back! Make sure to tune in for the latest in research and news coverage of the drug abuse and drug addiction landscape. This time we’re talking about the food and drug addiction connection, drug using baby boomers, accidents, addicted babies, and drug using teens during summer breaks. If you
Food [...]

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Brain and relaxation drinks – the new fad

May 16th, 2012

You’ve seen them advertised an on store shelves – drinks with names like Neuro, IDrink, and Dreamwater promise that their combinations of hormones, neurotransmitters, and related amino-acids will keep you relaxed, focused, happy, and improve your sex life. We’ve seen these sorts of promises before from unregulated dietary supplements.
The problem is that, since these sort [...]

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Forgetting astrocytes – marijuana, memory, and the brain

April 1st, 2012

My favorite thing about science are those discoveries that remind us we simply don’t know everything. A recent article by a group of researchers from Canada, China, and France (see original research article in the journal Cell here and a nice summary here) summarizes findings that reveal some surprises about the ways marijuana use affects [...]

Posted in:  Education, Marijuana