Substance use often creates a distorted sense of wellness, ease, comfort, and lowered inhibition. Alcohol, in particular, behaves similarly to Oxytocin in the brain and can make users feel confident and happy for a short while. For trauma sufferers, the need to experience an escape from the pain and suffering of memories can easily turn into alcohol abuse and addiction.
Dear Addiction, Saying goodbye to you seems like the hardest thing I'll ever have to do. You've been around for quite some time now, and I thought you'd never leave. I remember when you first came into my life. I thought you would ease the pain of my youth and make my present pain ...
The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) has created several new resources for those who work within the criminal justice system and other environments where people in recovery are ready to return to their lives outside of a structured setting. The new materials include:
Or it might be that gadgets simply absorb a lot of time that could be used for other pursuits, including partying. Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, says she plans to begin research on the topic in the next few months, and will convene a group of scholars in April to discuss it.