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A 24-year-old female asked:

I read that narcoleptics are unlikely to become addicts b/c of depleted orexins, but i'm a narcoleptic (ex) alcoholic/addict. just bad genes, or...?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 45 years experience
Pop neuroscience: A decade ago, we heard a lot about the "addicted brain", a one-size-fits-all model for many different habit disorders. I remember that my colleagues were skeptical (of this, and of simplistic models generally), and weren't surprised that this is now history. If there's a common denominator to substance abuse disorders, it won't be a few neurotransmitters. Address a human problem for what it is.

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