Addiction affects your brain. But have you ever wondered how?
I find brain science fascinating and I’ll admit I’m a chemistry geek. Even if you’re not, you may be interested in what drugs, alcohol, and even behavioral addictions can do to you and how addiction can affect your brain.
I run an outpatient addiction clinic based in Portland called Fair Start. At Fair Start we help addicts—mostly young adults—recover from drug addiction.
The majority of our patients are addicted heroin and other opioids. Often they are using several drugs at once, including meth.
Most people know me as a medical doctor. Most people don’t know that I’m also a recovering alcoholic.
Or that my wife, Maiya, is a recovering opioid addict.
While I’ve been in active recovery for 15 years now and I’m not shy about sharing my story, I’m about to go public with all of this in a big way.
I have a new book coming out called The Addiction Spectrum: A Compassionate, Holistic Approach to Recovery. www.Addictionspectrum.com
To the outsider, it seems we have no willpower.
But that’s not what’s actually going on.
We now know where most of the substances we misuse act in the brain.
Dr. Paul Thomas
Dr. Paul Thomas is an award-winning Dartmouth-trained pediatrician with nearly 30 years of experience in pediatrics. In addition to being board certified in Pediatrics, he is an expert on addiction and board certified in Addiction Medicine. His practice, Integrative Pediatrics, serves some 11,000 children in Portland, Oregon. He is the co-author of the forthcoming book, The Vaccine-Friendly Plan: Dr. Paul’s Safe and Effective Approach to Immunity and Health—from Pregnancy through Your Child’s Teen Years (Ballantine 2016).
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