Serotonin and Substance Abuse

Serotonin and Substance Abuse

In addition to being a product of genetics and environment, addiction is a matter of brain chemistry. Actually, the three are closely interrelated. Drugs of abuse are powerful, mind-altering substances that can disrupt the brain’s reward system and adversely affect natural chemical levels. Meanwhile, scientists estimate that genetic influences account for 40 to 60 percent…

Emotional Regulation

Emotional Regulation and Recovery

Overwhelming Emotions and Maladaptive Strategies In these blogs, you’ve heard us speak often about things like triggers and coping skills. For those of you who don’t know, “triggers” are those events, places, objects that spark a serious emotional reaction. To folks in substance abuse recovery, that could be the sight of a syringe or driving…