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Nora Volkow

Politics in the Diagnosis of Addiction

Stanton Peele | Posted 07.15.2012 | Healthy Living
Stanton Peele

There is an inescapable conceptual struggle when dealing with America's volatile history of, and attitudes toward, substance use. In other words, the meaning of addiction is a never-ending American, and thus worldwide, cultural debate.

The Neuroscience of Bad Habits: Dr. Nora Volkow

Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D. | Posted 07.14.2012 | Healthy Living
Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D.

Just because our brains have been altered by addiction, doesn't mean we're destined to fall into the same habits. With the right skills, community and support we can learn how to break out of routine and into a life worth living.

Dr. Nora Volkow: New Brain Research Helps Explain Drug Addiction

Rehema Trimiew | Posted 12.31.2011 | Healthy Living

Dr. Nora Volkow, Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, has studied the neural pathways of addiction and believes that we've got to protec...

Are Addiction And Mental Illness Really Brain Diseases?

Stanton Peele | Posted 08.16.2011 | Healthy Living
Stanton Peele

That there is something inherent in the person to be found there -- in mental illness and addiction -- is received wisdom, not empirical fact. The belief derives from the assumption that these phenomena are medical diseases.

What Is Addiction?

Stanton Peele | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Stanton Peele

Addiction is a nasty business which enslaves people. But if you're going to target that practice, then you'd better come and take all the coffee and Diet Coke the office.