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Substance use problems and addiction

 

It is possible to develop a wide variety of addictions, for example alcohol, drugs, gambling, computer games, or food. This article aims to look at the underlying causes of addiction, and how clinicians and researchers understand the phenomenon. Not least, there are tips on treating addiction.

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Substance abuse in the family is still kept secret, and the children in these families are not well enough caught by the support system.

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A Norwegian study shows that nine out of ten people diagnosed with substance abuse or drug addiction, who received help from the specialist health service for the first time, also had other mental disorders in addition. This writes Dagens Medisin.

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In her lecture at TEDMED, Nora Volkow, head of the National Institute of Drug Abuse, talks about why the brain can develop addiction problems. 

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