Addiction: It's a Brain Thing!

"My own brain is to me the most unaccountable of machinery - always buzzing, humming, soaring, roaring,  diving, and then buried in mud.  And why? What's this passion for?" Virginia Woolf

Rather than characterize the brain as the most unaccountable of machinery - while most have been mystified by it at one time or another, although I doubt stated it as poignantly - I would suggest to you that the brain is a remarkably elegant piece of machinery.  A machine that we are just beginning to understand and one that will continue to mystify us with it's remarkable complexities and delights.  It is an organ that is a testament to evolution, to creation and the wonder of the universe. 

Here are more pictures of the brain

Addiction Technology Transfer Center (lots of wonderful "brain info" here)

The links below are PowerPoint Presentations that relate to the science of addiction.

The Brain and the Actions of Cocaine, Opiates and Marijuana PowerPoint

Introduction to the Brain PowerPoint

Ecstasy Power Point

Understanding Drug Abuse and Addiction: What Science Says PowerPoint