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Understanding Addiction as a Disease

Most medical associations, including the American Medical Association and the American Society of Addiction Medicine, define addiction as a disease. Just like cancer or diabetes, addiction is caused by a combination of behavioral, environmental, and biological factors. Genetic risk factors account for about half of the likelihood that someone will develop addiction. Substance Abuse andRead More

What Is The Best Balance Of Nutrition For Recovery?

A good diet is absolutely foundational for mental health as well physical health. In reality, there is no distinction between mental and physical health. Anything you can do to make yourself healthier will almost certainly make you feel better and think better too. Trying to figure out what is actually the healthiest way to eatRead More

How the Brain’s Dopamine Reward System Affects Addiction

According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA), drugs and chemicals affect the brain by tapping into its communication system and interfering with the way neurons send, receive and process information. Certain drugs like heroin and marijuana can activate neurons because their chemical structure mimics that of natural neurotransmitters, which fools the brain receptorsRead More

How Good For You is Coffee?

The short answer is “all of the good.” It’s high in antioxidants, it keeps you awake and focused, and it’s delicious. Teddy Roosevelt drank his coffee from a cup that was really more of a bowl, and he ran the country while learning jiu-jitsu and reading a book a day. There are some caveats. TheRead More