The Ted Noffs Foundation Blog by Matt Noffs

  • Is Drug Dependency a Disease?

    October 26, 2017 The Noffs Team Comments
    Drug Dependency and the Disease Theory The disease theory describes drug dependency as a chronic neurological and biomedical disorder of the brain, where harmful substance use alters brain chemistry and structure which triggers a dependence on that substance. Proponents of the disease theory argue that once dependent, the individual can ...
  • Prohibition doesn't work... what does "working" mean

    October 09, 2017 The Noffs Team Comments
    PROHIBITION DOESN’T WORK.. WHAT DO WE MEAN BY THAT? “Prohibition doesn’t work.” We often hear this from advocates for harm minimisation and progressive drug policy. But what exactly does it mean? We say prohibition has been ineffective, but what do we mean by that? If we consider prohibition ...
  • Adverse Childhood Events ... What are they and how do they effect drug use?

    October 02, 2017 The Noffs Team Comments
    Drug dependency and the science of ACEs Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) occur in a significant proportion of the population, with many unaware they may have an event in their past which can be classified as an ACE. Multiple ACEs increase the likelihood of developing a dependence on drugs and alcohol ...
  • Stages of Drug Dependency

    September 25, 2017 The Noffs Team Comments
    The causes of drug dependency have been subject to numerous theories, and for much of the last century researchers, medical professionals and those working in drug treatment have focused on one in particular. The ‘chemical hooks’ theory of drug dependence argues that there are chemicals in illicit substances that make ...
  • Does drug use cause violence?

    September 18, 2017 The Noffs Team Comments
    One of the factors shaping the public perception of drug use is the ongoing association of drugs and violence. One of the most common descriptive factors of methamphetamine, for example, is that it is a cause of violent or psychotic behaviour. We also know that alcohol is often cited as ...

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