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PAWS (Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome)

When a person first becomes sober, they step into a new world. That new world is supposed to be free of the pain of addiction and filled with positivism, promise, and happiness. In the beginning, however, it doesn’t always feel that way. It feels confusing, sometimes sad, and it’s certainly not very fun. Those negative […]

Alcohol and Dopamine

Because alcohol is a small molecule it interacts with many neurotransmitter systems in the brain; this makes the action of alcohol in the brain very different from and much more complex than large molecules such as opiates, THC, or amphetamine which simulate a specific neurotransmitter and interact with a specific neurotransmitter system. Some of the better researched neurotransmitter systems […]