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Aging addicts are among our most vulnerable populations — yet we never talk about them

from Quartz

The National Institute of Health has shown "without question that addiction is a chronic, medical disease of the brain," Dr. Harold Urschel, chief medical strategist for Enterhealth addiction treatment centers and author of Healing the Addicted Brain, tells Quartz. Alcohol and the other controlled substances are "neurotoxins that cause brain injury to certain people." More than a few studies have shown that drugs and alcohol change the neural structure of the brain and have genetic underpinnings that predispose some people to addiction more than others. more


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