Addiction: The express route to mental illness

From the lab to the legislature, the push is on to recognize and treat addiction as a mental illness. Getting hooked on alcohol or drugs is not the result of bad behaviour or a weak character, researchers say; rather, it’s caused by genes and by biochemical disruptions in the brain that distort mood, clear thinking and compulsion control. It’s all rooted in the ‘reward pathway,’ a looped circuit deep in the human brain. Carolyn Abraham and Tonia Cowan report…

globeandmail.com: Addiction: The express route to mental illness

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Birder, cat-lover, pilot, poet. Former lounge lizard, pauper, pagan, lifeguard, chauffeur,cop and martial artist, turned pacifist addiction writer. Tries to be a good husband, father and brother, and makes a decent friend. Likes to take pictures. Stumbling down the Middle Path, one day at a time.

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