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Addiction Treatment: The Double Standard | RecoverySI

Addiction Treatment: The Double Standard | RecoverySI | Neurobiology of Addiction | Scoop.it
A comparison of the expectations and standards for abstinence-based addiction treatment programs versus medication replacement or Opioid Maintenance Therapy (OMT.) (There's a double standard: #OMT versus #abstinence-based #addiction treatment.
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Marijuana's Long Term Effects On The Brain Finally Revealed

Marijuana's Long Term Effects On The Brain Finally Revealed | Neurobiology of Addiction | Scoop.it
Up until now, the long term effects of marijuana were largely a matter of opinion. Now, looking at the science can finally provide some real answers.

Via Claudette M. Bailey
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When science speaks, we should listen.

Claudette M. Bailey's curator insight, August 1, 2015 6:18 AM

We hear a lot of opinions and research about the effects of marijuana, thus many are convinced that it cannot harm the health of every individuals using it. The society must know that everything has its limits, and so abusing the use of marijuana may also harm oneself.

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This Is Your Brain on Drugs. Maybe. - Reason (blog)

This Is Your Brain on Drugs. Maybe. - Reason (blog) | Neurobiology of Addiction | Scoop.it
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This Is Your Brain on Drugs. Maybe.
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I'm not sure that the research is "unfounded", but if this kind of campaign will do anything to dissuade teens from smoking marijuana, then have at it! As it turns out a recent study from Colorado found that more car fatalities are being found to be the result of stoned drivers.  

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Editing Your Life's Stories Can Create Happier Endings

Editing Your Life's Stories Can Create Happier Endings | Neurobiology of Addiction | Scoop.it
Writing about a troubling event and revising the story in a more positive light can improve life.
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I'm a strong proponent of journaling for an awakened mind. This story is a wonderful reminder that we can always change the ending if we shift our perception.

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The Craving Cycle

The Craving Cycle | Neurobiology of Addiction | Scoop.it
Images by Greg Dunn  About 25 years after quitting drugs, I decided to write a book about the experience of addiction and the brain processes underlying it. A
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This is a brilliant article and a must-read for anyone in the field of addiction.

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Brain's never-before-seen cellular response to concussions could lead to therapy - Science Daily (press release)

Brain's never-before-seen cellular response to concussions could lead to therapy - Science Daily (press release) | Neurobiology of Addiction | Scoop.it
Brain's never-before-seen cellular response to concussions could lead to therapy Science Daily (press release) Dec. 11, 2013 — The lifelong fallout of a concussive brain injury is well-documented.
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Brilliant research on cellular level effects of Traumatic Brain Injury.
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Addiction Treatment: The Double Standard | RecoverySI

Addiction Treatment: The Double Standard | RecoverySI | Neurobiology of Addiction | Scoop.it
A comparison of the expectations and standards for abstinence-based addiction treatment programs versus medication replacement or Opioid Maintenance Therapy (OMT.) (There's a double standard: #OMT versus #abstinence-based #addiction treatment.
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Break a Sweat

Break a Sweat | Neurobiology of Addiction | Scoop.it
Exercising consistently is the best thing you can do for your brain (#loveyourbrain!! RT @outsidemagazine: The best thing you can do for your happiness and your brain? Exercise. Often.
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Excellent article explaining the critical connection between regular exercise and long term benefits to the brain.
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Omega NYC • November 15–16 | Omega

Omega NYC • November 15–16 | Omega | Neurobiology of Addiction | Scoop.it
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Just returned from two days with the giants of neuroscience and mindfulness. This was a transformative experience, and profoundly awakening. I am so deeply grateful that I was able to attend! 

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The Exercise Prescription for Depression

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Researchers from the University of Texas say that an exercise regimen for people suffering from depression could be as beneficial as medication.
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Meditation Could Help Make You Smarter

Meditation Could Help Make You Smarter | Neurobiology of Addiction | Scoop.it
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Older article, but very relevant information.

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Studies explore potential origins of addiction and treaments - Medical Xpress

Studies explore potential origins of addiction and treaments - Medical Xpress | Neurobiology of Addiction | Scoop.it
Studies explore potential origins of addiction and treaments Medical Xpress Studies released today suggest promising new treatments for nicotine and heroin addiction, and further our understanding of pathological gambling and heroin abuse in those...
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How the Brain Creates Out-of-Body Experiences - LiveScience.com

How the Brain Creates Out-of-Body Experiences - LiveScience.com | Neurobiology of Addiction | Scoop.it
LiveScience.com How the Brain Creates Out-of-Body Experiences LiveScience.com SAN DIEGO — The human mind effortlessly constructs the feeling of inhabiting a body, and now scientists are figuring out how the brain produces that experience.
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Depression

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Nutrition approaches for helping you to improve your mood and overcome depression.
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A lot of recovering alcoholics and addicts experience depression.  Nutrition is an important part of the overall treatment process.  Good site, although it does focus mostly on ageing, there is a lot of solid info available.

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How Meditation Changes Your Brain: A Neuroscientist Explains

How Meditation Changes Your Brain: A Neuroscientist Explains | Neurobiology of Addiction | Scoop.it
Do you struggle, like me, with monkey-mind? Is your brain also a little unsettled, restless, capricious, whimsical, fanciful, inconstant, confused, indecisive, or uncontrollable? That’s the
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Another good research which includes scans showing the positive results of meditation. 

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The Neurobiology of Followership

The Neurobiology of Followership | Neurobiology of Addiction | Scoop.it
“I am reminded how hollow the label of leadership sometimes is and how heroic followership can be.” Warren Bennis People follow leaders for two reasons–the first is because they believe that the leader has a vision of a better tomorrow (more accurate...
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Having studied with Warren Bennis at USC Marshal School of Business at his Leadership Institute, anything he writes instantly stands out for me. While this isn't about addiction, it's a worthwhile read!

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Mapping Emotions On The Body: Love Makes Us Warm All Over

Mapping Emotions On The Body: Love Makes Us Warm All Over | Neurobiology of Addiction | Scoop.it
Being happy is indeed a total body experience, according to maps of where people feel emotions.
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Brilliant technology!

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Q&A: The 5 Big Questions in Brain Science

Q&A: The 5 Big Questions in Brain Science | Neurobiology of Addiction | Scoop.it
Rapid advances in brain science offer both benefits and challenges to bioethics, suggests one expert.
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This article is a must-read for anyone interested in the new frontier of neuroscience.
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Study scans Buddhist monk brains

Study scans Buddhist monk brains | Neurobiology of Addiction | Scoop.it
The BBC's Matt Danzico reports on a US neuroscientist who is scanning the brains of Buddhist monks in the hopes of understanding the science behind tranquillity.
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An older article. It would be interesting to know what the update on this research is.
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The Power of Your Amazing Brain - PositiveMed

The Power of Your Amazing Brain - PositiveMed | Neurobiology of Addiction | Scoop.it
[Last updated: August 19th 2013] Brain has some amazing powers and we are generally unaware of them; And yet there are some simple exercises to boost the power of our amazing brain and benefit from our powerful subconscious mind.
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Some great ideas in the tips.
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Your Brain Processes Information Even When You're Not Conscious Of It: Study - Huffington Post

Your Brain Processes Information Even When You're Not Conscious Of It: Study - Huffington Post | Neurobiology of Addiction | Scoop.it
Your Brain Processes Information Even When You're Not Conscious Of It: Study Huffington Post Even when you don't see something, your brain does, according to a new study.
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Stressed? Yoga, meditation relax your body and your mind

Stressed? Yoga, meditation relax your body and your mind | Neurobiology of Addiction | Scoop.it
Karen Case’s entire body seems to loosen as she settles into restorative child’s pose. Her facial muscles go slack and she relaxes, supported by blankets and a strategically placed pillow arranged by her instructor, Mary Finkle.
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A good therapeutic intervention for patients with stress.

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3 Ways To Meditate On The Go

3 Ways To Meditate On The Go | Neurobiology of Addiction | Scoop.it
Placing your focus on a mantra is a meditative technique that is easy to incorporate into your daily routine. It can be used wherever and whenever you need it, just as soon as a negative feeling bubbles up.
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Brains Sweep Themselves Clean Of Toxins During Sleep

Brains Sweep Themselves Clean Of Toxins During Sleep | Neurobiology of Addiction | Scoop.it
Mouse brains get washed with cerebrospinal fluid while they sleep. Humans may use the same process.

 

While the brain sleeps, it clears out harmful toxins, a process that may reduce the risk of Alzheimer's, researchers say.

 

During sleep, the flow of cerebrospinal fluid in the brain increases dramatically, washing away harmful waste proteins that build up between brain cells during waking hours, a of mice found.

 

The results appear to offer the best explanation yet of why animals and people need sleep. If this proves to be true in humans as well, it could help explain a mysterious association between sleep disorders and brain diseases, including Alzheimer's.

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The Case Against Brain Scans As Evidence In Court - NPR (blog)

The Case Against Brain Scans As Evidence In Court - NPR (blog) | Neurobiology of Addiction | Scoop.it
NPR (blog) The Case Against Brain Scans As Evidence In Court NPR (blog) It's not just people who go on trial these days. It's their brains.
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All the more reason to delve deeper into this final frontier.
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Signal Found to Enhance Survival of New Brain Cells

Signal Found to Enhance Survival of New Brain Cells | Neurobiology of Addiction | Scoop.it
Researchers discover how parvalbumin-expressing interneurons, which usually limits stem cell activity, can also encourage the survival of the stem cells' progeny.
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