Abstinence. Personal Empowerment. Support. Inclusiveness. www.freestylerecovery.org.
A fantastic video explaining addiction in 5 minutes without a single word.
Loosening Addiction's Deadly Grip Recent research paints a picture of addiction as a progressive, chronic neurological disease that wreaks havoc with brain chemistry.
Addiction is a Disease of Free Will By Nora Volkow.
Addiction: No Magic Bullet from Newsweek.
Fascinating video Brain scans helping fight addiction.
Imaging the Addicted Human Brain How brain imaging helps us understand addiction.
Impacts of Drugs on Neurotransmission The defining features of drug intoxication and addiction can be traced to disruptions in cell-to-cell signaling.
How Drugs Affect the Brain A good primer.
Cognitive Impairments in Drug Addicts Why we can't think straight as addicts.
Alcohol-Related Dementia Alcohol can cause severe and long-lasting mental and physical problems if we drink to heavily, too long
Defense mechanisms There is a long list.
Addiction and Its Mechanisms of Defense Denial is just one of many defense mechanisms we use in addiction
So, Is Addiction Genetic? Or Not? Partly, yes, but it's not so simple.
Another view on the disease model of addiction From Marc Lewis.
How Childhood Trauma Creates Lifelong Adult Addicts Well, drinking and using create addicts, but trauma is a huge factor in driving some people to drink and use enough to become addicts.
Is Addiction the Treatment or the Disease? From The Fix.
The Dangers of Drug Addiction A good short article, with links at the bottom to other good info.
Is marijuana addictive? Duh...
Removing the stigma: How to create a productive dialog about addiction A nice perspective with a long list of good links.