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Resources

While dealing with addiction can feel very isolating and overwhelming, you’re not alone. There are many different kinds of supporting materials put together by people who have dealt with it. Addiction resources like the ones below help educate us on the biological, emotional, psychological and physiological components of drug and alcohol addiction. We can learn about our brain chemistry and how addiction alters it, the latest research in recovery, and hear stories about others who have dealt with addiction.

This is just the tip of the iceberg, too. There are a lot of addiction resources available to you. Contact us for more information or specific questions. We’re available 24/7 as your resource for addiction and recovery.

Sanjay Gupta Reviews the way Addiction Changes the Brain
In this news clip from CNN, Dr. Sanjay Gupta reviews the effects of addiction on the brain in an interview. Here, we learn the role of building tolerance to the substance-induced euphoria. Brain scans show that with continued use of substances, less dopamine is released and more and more of the substance is required to produce a certain level of euphoria. Dr. Gupta elaborates that the time this tolerance lasts is controversial still, but experts agree that it takes time to recover the ability to produce regular levels of dopamine and experience pleasure again.
Interview with NIDA's Director, Lead Neuroscience Researcher Dr. Nora Volkow
The National Institute on Drug Abuse invests in neuroscience research to better understand the relationship between the human brain and drug or alcohol addiction. In this interview, one of the lead researchers in the field and the Director of NIDA, Dr. Nora Volkow, discusses how drive, motivation and self control are impeded by the effected brain chemistry of an addict. By studying the brain, Dr. Volkow’s team is uncovering the underlying biology of free will, related to self control. This research works to understand the brain chemistry that leads first to controlled drug experimentation, then to impulsive addiction and follows with the aspiration to understand how “to develop better prevention.” Dr. Volkow’s aspirations for the neuroscience team include the aim to understand and improve the way drug use and abuse is treated.