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Addiction Blog Posts

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“Addiction itself is not a crime, it’s a disease.”

The NIDA Blog Team
May 18, 2015

A Massachusetts police department has announced that it will help people who are addicted to drugs get through the system toward detox and recovery. Read More »

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Are E-Cigarettes Harmful?

The NIDA Blog Team
May 04, 2015

We still don’t know if e-cigarettes can hurt your lungs, but we do know that they deliver the same highly addictive nicotine as regular cigarettes. Read More »

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Marijuana Withdrawal Is Real

The NIDA Blog Team
April 02, 2015

A lot of people seem to think marijuana is different from other drugs. Unfortunately, it’s not the case: Just like with other drugs (including alcohol and nicotine), you can get addicted to marijuana—especially if you use it during your teen years. Read More »

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The Swiss Cheese Model of Addiction

The NIDA Blog Team
October 23, 2014

Scientists now know drug addiction is a disease and that there are lots of things that can contribute to your risk for getting that disease—what are called risk factors. Read More »

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Video Game Addiction—Is it Real?

Sara Bellum
April 09, 2014

Doodle Jump. Candy Crush. FarmVille. Angry Birds. Cut the Rope. Fruit Ninja. Words With Friends. Read More »