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Recovery Corner with Jamie Smolen, MD

Holiday gratitude in recovery Gratitude has been a time-honored tradition for us human beings. Since people first realized the importance and value of the life-sustaining elements, there has been an appreciation of them, an endearment that has given them the proper place in the history of the human race.

Recovery Corner with Jamie Smolen, MD

Addiction in the brain Addiction exists in the human brain. Specialized neurological pathways in the brain, called circuits, are designed for the experience of pleasure. These circuits tie together parts of the brain where the “feel good” neurotransmitter, dopamine, is produced and stored before it’s released. When dopamine enters…

Recovery Corner with Jamie Smolen, MD

Unfortunately, we hear tragic stories of celebrities dying from suicide or drug overdose too often. Some of us have even experienced the suicides of a friend or a loved one. In light of Robin Williams’ untimely passing recently, we are reminded that suicide is a brutally real consequence of…