Teen boy smoking

Smoking: How It Primes the Brain for Addiction

January 24, 2012  /  Sara Bellum

More people understand now the harmful effects that smoking has on the body as well as the addictive effects of nicotine. Read More »

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Sad Male Teen

Real Life: SBB Readers Share Personal Stories

December 08, 2011  /  Sara Bellum

Several SBB readers have submitted personal stories about their experiences—or their families' experiences—with addiction. We offer these stories to give you an inside view of how drug addiction can affect people's lives. Read More »

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Behind the Curtain of the Addiction Performance Project

October 04, 2011  /  Sara Bellum

Poet and playwright T.S. Eliot said, “A play should give you something to think about.” That’s exactly what happens with a new NIDA project—called the Addiction Performance Project. Read More »

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Addiction

Word of the Day: Addiction

September 09, 2011  /  Sara Bellum

Addiction is defined as “A chronic, relapsing disease characterized by compulsive drug seeking and use—despite serious, even devastating consequences—and by long-lasting chemical changes in the brain.” When a person is addicted to a drug, finding and using that drug becomes the most important thi Read More »

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Real Teens Ask: Drugs and Socializing

September 01, 2011  /  Sara Bellum

Being a teen is tricky, and sometimes we all wish for a quick fix when we’re feeling awkward or out of place. At NIDA’s last Chat Day, we got this question from a middle school student in Maryland: Read More »

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