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Can Parkinson’s Drugs Cause Addictive Behavior?

By Paul Gaita

The class of Parkinson's drugs known as dopamine receptor agonists can potentially make users more susceptible to compulsive behaviors. MORE  

Chronic Pot Use Can Make You Depressed, Study Says

By Victoria Kim

Despite the cliche of happy stoners, a new study has shown that smoking a ton of weed significantly dampens dopamine levels. MORE  

Scientists Find a Way to Reduce Gambling Impulse

By Allison McCabe

Using mice gambling for sugar pellets in a "rat casino," researchers have discovered how to curb behaviors associated with pathological gambling. MORE  

Drink Up: Red Wine Might Curb Meth Addiction

By Shawn Dwyer

New study shows that the naturally occurring compound resveratrol may block the effects of methamphetamine. MORE  

The Fixes We Chase in Sobriety

By Amy Dresner

Now that you're sober, it's time to sleep around, shop and guzzle on sugar. Or meditate and get a massage. Meet the good, the bad and the fugly of sober fixes. MORE  

Are You Addicted to Being Right?

By Ben Feuerherd

When we win an argument, our brains release dopamine and adrenaline, and we can get hooked. MORE  

Video: The Science of Porn Addiction

By Bryan Le

A helpful video explains how pornography affects the brain much like a drug. MORE  

Are Your Genes Making You Binge Drink?

By Valerie Tejeda

Some people may be genetically predisposed to find alcohol more rewarding, scientists have discovered. MORE  

Welcome to Dopamine Nation

By Dr. Richard Juman

Despite a proliferation of treatment options in America, addictive behavior and unhealthy coping strategies are more common than ever. Here's why. MORE  

"Memoirs of an Addicted Brain": An Excerpt

By Marc Lewis

In this scene from Marc Lewis' best-selling memoir, the author, then in his early 20s and on a Southern Asia sojourn, pays his nightly visit to a local opium den. MORE  

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