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Eminem and Elton John

February 19, 2010  /  Sara Bellum

Musician Elton John recently said he’s been helping rapper pal Eminem work through his problems with substance abuse.  Read More »

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This picture is showing us an inside view of the brain from the top down. It compares healthy brain activity (left side, with all the red areas) with diminished brain activity in a drug user (right side).

Word of the Day: Disease

February 02, 2010  /  Sara Bellum

What's the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word disease? You might think of cancer, diabetes, or epilepsy. But do you think of drug abuse? Probably not. But, for some people, drug abuse can lead to a disease called addiction. Read More »

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Word of the Day: Relapse

January 26, 2010  /  Sara Bellum

Relapse…If you keep up with the SBB you know by now that addiction is a chronic (long-lasting) disease that takes hold in some people who abuse drugs. You may also know that some people can quit their drug use. But often a person will return to using drugs after they have quit. Read More »

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So... Why Do People Like Drugs?

January 19, 2010  /  Dr. Joe Frascella, Director of NIDA's Division of Clinical Neuroscience and Behavioral Research

Is there something magical about drugs and alcohol with us humans? So what's our fascination and why do some of us like them so much?! Actually, before we try and answer that one, let me just say: we are not alone. Read More »

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Meth Mouth and Crank Bugs: Meth-a-morphosis

January 11, 2010  /  Sara Bellum

The SBB has already told you about some of the nasty effects that methamphetamine can have on the body—remember that post about how scavengers won’t even eat the Read More »

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