I’ve posted some videos explaining the cycle of addiction and codependency on the Dopamine Dialogue facebook page. Follow the link above.
A research group has identified an enzyme whose production is turned off in nerve cells of the frontal lobe when alcohol dependence develops. The deficiency in this enzyme leads to continued use of alcohol despite adverse consequences.
Interesting article: “So the opposite of addiction is not sobriety. It is human connection.”
I love Nora Volkow – she is such a genius and the research being done at the NIDA is making great strides with the treatment and understanding of Addiction. Her latest blog entry re: teens and addiction has a lot of great info on why teens are so susceptible to trying substances and becoming addicted:
“Chemistry, not moral failing, accounts for the brain’s unwinding. In the laboratories that study drug addiction, researchers have found that the brain becomes conditioned by the repeated dopamine rush caused by heroin. “The brain is not designed to handle it,” said Dr. Ruben Baler, a scientist with the National Institute on Drug Abuse. “It’s an engineering problem.” ”