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          PLAYING How Using Heroin Changes Your Brain

          How Using Heroin Changes Your Brain

          VIDEO

          January 16, 2017

          In the video above, Dr. Phil explains how heroin affects the brain.

          “This isn’t just something psychological,” Dr. Phil says. “It hits the prefrontal cortex. It hits the limbic system and it goes all the way to the brain stem.”

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          Some of the effects on the brain include:

          • Impairs the ability to regulate one’s own behaviors
          • Impairs emotional processing
          • Impairs memory
          • Impairs executive functioning: reasoning skills, ability to problem-solve, poor planning skills
          • Decreases capacity for making decisions
          • Decreases ability to imagine future events and interactions
          • Decreases ability to respond to stressful situations
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