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Brain

Jun 22

Huh??

Another interesting study confirming what we have been seeing for some time. Remember: chronic marijuana use for an adlescent in more that 5 times a month. Smoking marijuana affects peoples' impulsivity, attention, memory, cognition and decision-making abilities. That's been scientifically proven. ...

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Apr 07

Marijuana and Emotions

Interesting repost on some new Research.   Drugs like marijuana act on naturally occurring receptors in the brain called cannabinoid receptors. However, the mechanisms by which these drugs produce their sensory and mood altering effects within the brain are largely unknown. Research led by Steven...

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Apr 02

B.C. pioneers new alcoholism strategy

From cbc.ca British Columbia is the first province to formally recognize alcohol addiction as a chronic medical condition, a move aimed at improving treatment. As of Friday, the new policy emphasizes preventive measures and gives family doctors more time and resources to treat patients with alcohol...

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Mar 23

More from the Arctic

March 22, Evening Hope is an interesting commodity and it is available in every part of the world. We spent the day talking about what we need to change to get our lives going in a different direction. As always much of what we have to change has to do with how we are thinking about things, changing...

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Mar 04

Feedback from kids

It is very easy to slip into a pattern. One of the things we are always trying to do with our Drug Class Program is to challenge teens to look at what they believe to be true. What we believe to be true really controls our actions. We went though all the things this particular group believed to be...

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Mar 01

Getting Worse

I was talking to some kids the other day about prescription drug use and I was explaining about the addictive nature of Oxycontin and that chemically it is very similar to heroin (heroin C21H23NO5 - oxy C18H21NO4). The response from one girl was "no it isn't". She believed it was OK. What we think...

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Feb 15

ADHD and Substance Use

Many kids with ADD or ADHD will turn to substance use because they feel like the drugs are a solution to their problem,  the inrcrease in dopamine flow when they are high seems to them to be the solution to their inability to focus.  The downside of course is that the drug use will actually...

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Feb 13

Looking for Love

The more research that gets done on addiction and substance abuse the better we can understand both what is going on and how to treat it. Dr. Helen Fisher is a biological anthropologist at Rutgers University and she has studied love in over thirty cultures across the world. She believes that love isn't...

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Feb 06

Positive and Negative

We are what we think and our feelings are directly related to our thinking. Much substance use/abuse is directly related to how we feel, we are arngry or frustrated, depressed, lonley etc. Becuase of these feelings we start drinking or getting high to block these feelings, generally we tell ourselves...

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Feb 01

Operating System

Drugs change our brain, and our brain is our operating system, our computer.  If our computer starts going too slow, not opening files properly, not reacting the way it should we either get a new one or take it into the shop to get it fixed.  We can't really do that with our brain, but what...

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