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Entries from December 2009

Marijuana Smoking May Lead To Psychosis

December 22nd, 2009 · No Comments

Researchers from Emory’s Rollins School of Public Health and Georgia State University have stated that daily marijuana use in adolescence may hasten symptoms of psychosis. The study was published in the November issue of the American Journal of Psychiatry.

The researchers analyzed data from 109 hospitalized patients who were experiencing their first psychotic episode. The results showed that patients who had a history of using marijuana, or cannabis, and increased to daily pot smoking experienced both psychotic and pre-psychotic symptoms at earlier ages.

“We were surprised that it wasn’t just whether or not they used cannabis in adolescence that predicted the age of onset, rather it was how quickly they progressed to becoming a daily cannabis user that was the stronger predictor,” said Michael Compton, lead author and assistant professor of psychiatry in the Emory School of Medicine.

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Tags: Marijuana Addiction

Marijuana Damages Brains in Young People

December 22nd, 2009 · No Comments

A new study, published in Neurobiology of Disease, states that daily consumption of marijuana (cannabis) in teens can cause depression and anxiety, and have an irreversible long-term effect on the brain.

According to Dr. Gabriella Gobbi, a psychiatric researcher from the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre, the damaging effects of marijuana on young brains are worse than originally thought.

“We wanted to know what happens in the brains of teenagers when they use marijuana and whether they are more susceptible to its neurological effects than adults,” stated Dr. Gobbi.

Her study points to an apparent action of marijuana on two important compounds in the brain — serotonin and norepinephrine — which are involved in the regulation of neurological functions such as mood control and anxiety.

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Tags: Marijuana Addiction

Medical Intuitive Healings For Addictions

December 21st, 2009 · No Comments

Today I am introducing a concept that you may not have heard of – medical intuitive healings for addictions.

If you’ve been discouraged and defeated by past programs and are still stuck in the confines of self-abusive behavior and/or thoughts, the Lenair Self(s) Heal Experience can set you free from needing and wanting to self-sabotage. Where many traditional and alternative approaches fall short or fail, the Self(s) Heal Experience succeeds, allowing you to overcome life-long or newly acquired habits and problems – effortlessly, painlessly, and without withdrawals, meetings, rehabs – non-medically without any treatment, therapy or drugs.

Why struggle and suffer any longer?

Watch the video below (on the next page) to hear of the successes.

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Tags: Drug Addiction Alternative Treatment

Brain Neurotransmitters and Addictions

December 9th, 2009 · No Comments

It’s been only about a quarter of a century since we discovered that, contrary to what we’d thought for decades prior to that time, the brain actually sends signals from one neuron to another by means of chemical molecules, called neurotransmitters. That discovery has enabled us to put together the pieces of the puzzle of addiction in a way that we simply hadn’t been able to do before we knew about these amazing chemical messengers.

Brain Neurotransmitters

Once we’d begun to understand how brain neurotransmitters work, we also began to understand how they control our moods, memory, thinking, and behavior. Each of our brain cells is a tiny but very powerful manufacturing plant that assembles these chemical molecules out of nutrients and passes them along to other neurons. When our brains have enough of the nutrients necessary to manufacture all of the neurotransmitters we need, we’re able to feel relaxed and alert, focused and free of fear, happy and pain-free. In short, when our brains have the nutrients they need to create neurotransmitters in the necessary quantities, we’re most fully alive, engaged, and productive.

Neurotransmitters and Addiction

When we’re unable to produce these chemical messengers in the necessary quantities, our moods, intellectual capability and behavior tend to deteriorate. We’re often unable to focus, we tend to worry about things that we probably shouldn’t be concerned with, we’re not “up” and alert and happy, and we have difficulty coping with pain, whether the pain is physical or emotional.

If neurotransmitter deficiencies persist over time, we’re often led to use prescription drugs, alcohol, so-called “street drugs”, and other substances, including nicotine, to substitute for our transmitter shortages. These drugs are capable of temporarily alleviating the symptoms of neurotransmitter deficiencies, but continued use of these substances can, often quite quickly, result in addiction, a situation in which our brains adapt and begin to rely on these transmitter substitutes to keep us going.

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Tags: Drugs and Brain Disorders

Drug Abuse Treatment Facility Locator

December 9th, 2009 · No Comments

Substance Abuse Treatment Facility Locator

I am reluctant to give out a link that will provide a listing to all addiction treatment centers because most of them do not get people well. The reason they do not get people well is because they do not treat the person holistically and also heal the brain first which is at the core of the problem.

But here is an addiction treatment locator provided by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration of the US Department of Health and Human Services. Perhaps it will still be of use to someone.

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Tags: Drug Addiction Alternative Treatment