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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Electric human brain.

The Different Angles of Addiction

September 07, 2011  /  Sara Bellum

You may think you know what addiction is—lots of people have many different opinions about addiction and different ways of defining it. Here are some myths you may have heard: Read More »

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Teens being social

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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Feet on scale

Cigarettes Versus the Scale

August 30, 2011  /  Sara Bellum

Have you ever heard friends say they’d like to quit smoking, but they are afraid they’ll gain weight if they stop? Read More »

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Loko Drink

Not LOKO for Alcoholic Energy Drinks

August 26, 2011  /  Sara Bellum

You may remember that a while back, SBB addressed an unhealthy new fad—energy drinks. Read More »

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