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The Disease of Addiction

  • S. Alex Stalcup


Addiction is a disease of the pleasure-producing chemistry of the brain. Drugs of abuse share the ability to activate the chemical pathways in the brain. When active, they yield feelings of well-being, pleasure, and euphoria. By overstimulating the pleasure system, the drugs cause neuron-adaptive changes that damage the normal experience of pleasure (1).


Childhood Sexual Abuse Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Drug Court Neuroadaptive Change Addictive Disease 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. Alex Stalcup
    • 1
  1. 1.New Leaf Treatment CenterLafayetteUSA

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