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Is addiction a “brain disease”?

March 11, 2016

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Michael Bierer, MD, Contributor

Since getting his MD at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Michael Bierer has been at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston for over 30 years. Along the way he got an MPH in Health Policy and Management … See Full Bio
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March 16, 2016

Really fascinating and should stop people seeing people sleeping in the street as invisible

March 11, 2016

I’m convinced it is a brain disease, particularly related to brain waves. Have you ever looked into neurofeedback?

Chris Lyte
March 11, 2016

Nice, thoughtful post. Sometimes I fear that the “fight” about whether addiction is a “brain disease” becomes a way to distract everyone from the important concept of neuroplasticity and why our actions (brain training) can matter to the quality of our lives.

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