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Jeanene Swanson

Habit or Addiction—Who Decides?

By Jeanene Swanson

Most of what we call addictions these days are simply behaviors that get reinforced and lead to adverse consequences. MORE  

"Generation D" and the Neurological Basis for Digital Addiction

By Jeanene Swanson

Increasing evidence shows that texting and internet addiction can negatively affect lives. It's time to treat digital dependence as a real diagnosable disorder. MORE  

Is Food Addiction a Myth?

By Jeanene Swanson

Some scoff at the idea, others clamor for a cure. Is it an eating disorder, or an actual addiction? MORE  

13 Valuable Alternative Treatments for Addiction

By Jeanene Swanson

The Fix lists some outside-the-box modalities that are playing increasingly important roles in substance abuse treatment. MORE  

Can Deep Brain Stimulation Cure Addiction?

By Jeanene Swanson

This relatively simple neurosurgical procedure can be used to treat a variety of disorders originating from abnormal brain activity such as Parkinson's, OCD, Tourette's, and more. So why does nobody know about it? MORE  

The Science of Nicotine Addiction

By Jeanene Swanson

There are 50 million nicotine addicts in the US, and one in five deaths results from smoking. According to the CDC, smoking is still the leading preventable cause of death. Here's why it is so hard to kick, and the treatments. MORE  

Boozy Genes—The Making of an Alcoholic?

By Jeanene Swanson

The more we learn about the genetics of alcoholism, the clearer it becomes that evidence-based treatment should become the norm. MORE  

The Unhappy Side of Anti-Depressants

By Jeanene Swanson

SSRI's can aid in depression and recovery, but users also become dependent and there can be major withdrawal symptoms. So where's the healthy balance? MORE  

Alcoholism and Genetics: What You Need to Know

By Jeanene Swanson

Alcoholism can be passed down from parent to child, but not in the same way as Alzheimer's or cancer. How exactly is it passed on? MORE  

Erasing Your Traumas

By Jeanene Swanson

Could it be possible to erase memories of "people, places and things" that trigger us, including into addictive behaviors? MORE  

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