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This Is Your Brain on Drugs


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How is the brain affected and changed by drug use? This workshop examines the physical impact of addiction on the brain and discusses the counseling implications for those seeking to help individuals who struggle with addiction. In this audio talk, Emlet examines some of the biological and brain-based research on drug addiction and the discovery that drugs of abuse “hijack” the normal system that God has given us for experiencing desire, pleasure, and reward. This has ministry implications, particularly through understanding the role both detoxification programs and maintenance medications play in treating addiction. As Christians, we recognize that we are both body and spirit, and holistic ministry needs to incorporate both aspects in our approach to addiction.