Brain and Addiction Blog Posts

The door of a police car that says "to protect and to serve"

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

May 18, 2015  /  The NIDA Blog Team

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 »

A group of college students studying together.

A Sober College Experience?

April 16, 2015  /  The NIDA Blog Team

It can be especially hard for those living with an addiction to drugs and alcohol to maintain their sobriety in college.  Supportive friends and recovery groups can help keep you out of trouble. Read More »

A drawing that shows the electrical impulses in the brain.

Traumatic Brain Injury, Drug Addiction, and the Developing Teen Brain

March 19, 2015  /  The NIDA Blog Team

Traumatic brain injuries pose higher risks for the teen brain because it isn't fully formed yet. This is also a reason why using drugs as a teen increases the chances for addiction. Read More »

NIDA director Nora Volkow, M.D. at TedMed

Obesity and Drug Addiction: The Brain Connection TedMed Talk by NIDA Director

January 29, 2015  /  The NIDA Blog Team

Many tasty foods trigger a burst of the brain chemical called dopamine in the brain’s reward circuit that is similar to what some drugs produce. Over time, the reward circuit can get less sensitive to the dopamine—it needs the constant dopamine surge from fattening food.  Read More »

Brain scan illuminating an injured part of the brain.

Traumatic Brain Injury and Drug Use: A Closer Look

January 15, 2015  /  The NIDA Blog Team

People who suffered a traumatic brain injury before age 5, or between 16 and 25, have an increased risk for a problem with drug or alcohol. Read More »