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IT'S CHEMISTRY, NOT CHARACTER: Transforming the Treatment of Opioid Addiction

<b>Candid Conversations highlights important developments in science, policy and business and is produced by Scientific American’s Custom Media Division.</b><p>…

Science of addiction holds promise for fight

He was 40 years old, a father of three and an Orlando house painter, clean and sober for eight years. One night last summer, he climbed into his …

The answer to treating drug and alcohol addiction may be far simpler than you think

The answer is far simpler than you might think, at least according to neuroscience journalist and author Maia Szalavitz, whose new book, "Unbroken Brain," throws water on most of the modern assumptions that plague our understanding of drug and alcohol addiction.<p>Addiction, she writes, is not a …

Mental Health

Who gets hooked on drugs? Rat study finds genetic markers that influence addiction: Differences in vulnerability to cocaine addiction, relapse linked to both inherited traits, epigenetics

Differences in vulnerability to cocaine addiction, relapse linked to both inherited traits, epigenetics<p>Why does addiction vulnerability differ from …

The Government's Battle Against Opioid Addiction Is Important. It's Also Wasteful.

You'd have to be living under a rock to think opioid addiction is anything less than a public health crisis in America--a problem that's reaching truly epidemic proportions, ravaging lives across the country. Addiction is an equal opportunity offender; it doesn't discriminate between young and old, …

Drug Addiction

What to Do If Your Partner Is Using Drugs

<i>Secrecy. Lies. Numbing. Evidence. Chaos. Broken Trust. Loneliness. Confusion. Hurt. Pain. Uncertainty.</i><p>If drugs (which, for the sake of this post will encompass any alcohol, prescription meds, narcotics, or substances that can be overused and abused) have found a presence in your relationship, these …

Mental Health