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How Does Alcohol Change the Brain?

What happens when alcohol enters the system and changes the brain makes a huge difference in how a person responds. Primarily, it is a depressant. Alcohol is also an indirect stimulant, and plays a few other roles. The brain chemistry of a person who is drinking shifts neurotransmitter levels, the chemical messengers that transmit signalsRead More

Understanding the Neurobiology of Addiction

Neurobiology refers to the biology of the nervous system. Drugs and alcohol can lead to changes within the neurobiological system, often creating the typical symptoms of addiction: craving, tolerance and physical dependence, acute abstinence syndrome and post-acute withdrawal syndrome (PAWS). Over time, the excessive use of drugs and alcohol creates marked changes within the brain.Read More

Best Nutritional Supplements for Helping Your Brain Heal

As most of us in recovery know, we put our bodies through the ringer in addiction. Self-care was the least of our worries, and now that we’re clean and sober, it’s important to replenish what drinking and using took away. Patience with this process is key; our disease didn’t happen overnight, and healing the brainRead More