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As Zachary Pennington watched friends and family grapple with substance dependency and anxiety disorders, he knew he wanted to find a way to help.
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Your selections: Addiction
Can imaging tell us if scary labels on cigarette packages prompt smokers to quit? Researchers look for signs that might track how persuasive psychological and social interventions will be.
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A neuroscientist reveals the surprising — and far-reaching — effects of marijuana on the developing brain.
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When you suddenly stop taking a drug that you've regularly consumed, it's hard for the body to adjust, resulting in the unpleasant symptoms of drug withdrawal.
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Three neuroscientists discuss how addiction is a disease of the brain, as well as prospects for improved pharmacological treatments.
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Would we have Poe’s Raven today if the tormented author had taken lithium to suppress his bipolar illness?
What does 'addiction' mean? Explore how researchers understand addiction and find out the science behind it.
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Learn how alcohol and nicotine affect the brain, and why they are illegal for children and teens in this series of lesson plans.
  • National Institute on Drug Abuse
How much coffee is too much? Learn how caffeine affects the human brain in this video.
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Experiments with mice show how much cocaine exposure physically changes the brain.
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Despite definitive proof that smoking can be fatal, nicotine still is one of the most widely abused substances. In fact, tobacco kills more than 440,000 U.S. citizens each year — more than alcohol, cocaine, heroin, homicide, suicide, car accidents, and HIV combined.
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Although legal, alcohol is addictive. Together, alcohol abuse and alcohol addiction — sometimes referred to as alcoholism or alcohol dependence — are among the nation's major health problems.
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Psychostimulants, including cocaine and amphetamines, have become increasingly popular in the United States. In 2009 an estimated 4.8 million people age 12 and older had abused cocaine.
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