brain chemistry and addictions and clusters

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Posted by Sonya ( on November 21, 1999 at 18:02:09:

I got a very interesting brochure via "snail mail" the other day. It was for a continuing education course for health professionals entitled "The Addicted Brain". Some of the highlights listed were: "predisposition to addiction: the role of serotonin" and "reward deficiency syndrome: the dopamine D2 receptor". Now, with all the recent discussion of serotonin and clusters,this got my attention. I have heard as many as 80% of us clusterheads are smokers and have read several posts mentioning the posters' alcohol and drug problems. People have debated the cause/effect idea concerning clusters and smoking. Maybe it is all related, just not in the way we've been thinking. Nicotine is my substance of choice but I can definitely see other tendencies towards addictions in my life. Has anyone else noticed that a large number of cluster sufferers tend to have addictions of some sort? Gary G. and Bob P., you guys seem very knowledgable about serotonin, what do y'all think? I will try to post the link the the organization's website below but, as Drummer can tell you, I am not great with computers-lol. Just in case it doesn't work here is the website and email.
These are to the general site so you may have to search a little to find info on this course. I would like to attend but unfortunately, I can't.

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