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I just got back from the yearly American Society of Addiction Medicine conference. As always, it was a treat. It’s so refreshing to be surrounding by other physicians who know addiction is a treatable illness and not a moral shortcoming. 522 more words

American Society Of Addiction Medicine

This Is Your Brain On Drugs

Research psychiatrist Nora Volkow revolutionized the science of addiction. Now she’s set her sights on reimagining treatment.

Nora Volkow has never been one to blindly accept convention. 2,881 more words


More Research Cheered by Feds for CBD and Cannabidiol

What an exciting year for Medicine Freedom!  Recent sentiment coming from Washington, D.C. is that common sense must continue to be applied to the research of Cannabidiol (CBD), a non-psychoactive component of the cannabis plant. 116 more words

That's Natural

Dopamine Yada, Yada, Yada

An in-depth analysis of why the Dopamine Deficit Theory of Addiction does not explain Addiction, craving and relapse.

In the next week or so I will be critiquing a theory of addiction that has become common currency out there in internet land, which I find disturbing. 1,394 more words


Addiction and Free Will

In an article recently published by the Huffington Post, the director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) shares an intimate anecdote about her grandfather’s harrowing battle with alcoholism, an addiction that was kept secret from her until long after his death. 408 more words

Dana Alliance For Brain Initiatives

A Dopamine Model of Addiction

There are two main dopamine models of addiction.

1. one that says dopamine increases in the addiction cycle leading to a “pathological wanting”

2. That dopamine decreases so that addicted people are seeking more dopamine. 623 more words

Positive Reinforcement Model