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  • How does Substance Abuse change the way I make decisions?

    Using substances changes the way we behave by affecting certain areas of our brains. The role of the prefrontal cortex is predominantly used for what scientists call “executive functioning.” Simply put, the prefrontal cortex is responsible for making decisions, predicting the consequences of your actions, working towards your goals, and exhibiting control over your life…. Read More

  • Is alcoholism genetic?

    Many studies, whether they are twin or adoption studies, show that there are several genetic factors that contribute to alcoholism. For example, some adoption studies show that kids who are adopted at early ages often show signs of developing alcoholism similar to their biological parents rather than their adoptive parents (Cloninger et. al 1981).  … Read More

  • What’s the deal with the ongoing opioid crisis?

    President Donald Trump has officially declared the opioid crisis a health emergency. But what is the deal with the opioid crisis?   More than 90 Americans a day die due to opioid abuse. This includes prescription drugs like fentanyl and heroin. In 2015, more than thirty thousand Americans overdosed and died to opioid use. In… Read More

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