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Brain and Addiction Blog Posts

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Myth or Fact? “Addiction Is a Choice"

June 17, 2019  /  The NIDA Blog Team

Addiction is a brain disease. It’s not a choice, and it’s not a weakness. Drugs can change how the brain works, and those changes can last for a long time.  Read More »

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Say What? “Dopamine”

May 13, 2019  /  The NIDA Blog Team

Your brain releases a neurotransmitter called dopamine as a response to things that are pleasurable. Read More »

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Can Space Help Us Understand Addiction?

March 25, 2019  /  The NIDA Blog Team

Scientists will investigate space-based changes to hopefully uncover greater insights into diseases like addiction and treatments that might help.  Read More »

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Addiction and the Importance of Social Connections

December 10, 2018  /  The NIDA Blog Team

Scientists are discovering that connecting with other people might create a positive effect for people who have problems with drugs.  Read More »

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Sculpting Your Brain: The Science of Addiction

September 10, 2018  /  The NIDA Blog Team

Using drugs in your teen years can affect the way your brain develops.  Read More »

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