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Dr. Harry Haroutunian


Dr. Harry L. Haroutunian, known by all his patients as "Dr. Harry" is an internationally known speaker on topics of the addiction field. He has developed the "Recovery 101" lecture series on topics of Addiction Medicine, Recovery Issues, Communication Skills and Relapse Prevention. As Physician Director of the Betty Ford Center, Dr. Haroutunian has contributed to the development of a variety of programs, including the Extended Care Program the Licensed Professional Program and the Clinical Diagnostic Evaluation Program. He is the author of "Being Sober: A Step-by-Step Guide to Getting To, Getting Through and Living in Recovery" and collaborated with Dr. Louis Teresi, author of 'Hijacking the Brain: How Drug and Alcohol Addiction Hijacks our Brains - The Science Behind Twelve-Step Recovery."


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The Disease of Addiction
June 17th, 2010 / Doctor's Office / Dr. Harry Haroutunian
The disease of addiction has a target organ known as the mid brain. The cause is regulatory dysfunction of a neurotransmitter called dopamine.  The effect is a common group of symptoms seen in each and every alcoholic and addict known to have the disease of dependence:  loss of control, craving, and persistent use despite adverse consequences. Many alcoholics and addicts have been accused of selfishness, of choosing their behaviors for a reward or pleasure, since that portion of the brain targeted by alcohol has often been called the reward or pleasure center. This impression of...

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