The Cause of Addiction

Disease (excluding infectious disease) is often based on genetics, inherited traits passed down from generation to generation through DNA, and addiction is no exception. The disease of alcoholism and addiction is about 60 percent genetic the other 40 percent is environmental.To experience addiction, we must first trigger the expression of our addiction genes.This is where […]

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The Changing State of Drug Policy

Often overlooked in discussions of drug policy today is the nature of the drug problem. The global drug problem can be traced to the innate nature of the human brain. The mammalian brain is extremely vulnerable to chemicals that stimulate brain reward. These chemicals are drugs of abuse. They produce far more intense brain reward than […]

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Making Recovery, Not Relapse, the Expected Outcome of Addiction Treatment

Now is the right time to upgrade the nation’s dysfunctional way of treating substance use disorders. This urgency is driven by three factors: The epidemic of prescription drug abuse, which is producing a new heroin crisis; The unfolding consequences of marijuana legalization; and The implementation of the Affordable Care Act and the Parity Act, which […]

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Random Drug Testing Protects Patients and Medical Personnel

A proposal to require physicians licensed in California to undergo random drug and alcohol tests, Proposition 46, may be on the ballot as part of a larger initiative in November 2014. Patients may be surprised to learn that the vast majority of medical professionals who are responsible for their care are not subject to any kind of […]

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