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|Glossary - H|
This glossary comes from False Messengers: How Addictive Drugs Change the Brain, by David Friedman, PhD, and Sue Rusche, Harwood Academic Publishers, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 1999.
Habilitate The process of teaching the skills needed for successful living. Habilitation helps people recover from addiction by teaching life skills that were never learned because drug use interfered with the learning and maturation process. Habilitation is especially important for addicts who started drug use young.
Hallucinogens A diverse group of drugs that alter perceptions, thoughts and feelings. Hallucinogens do not produce hallucinations. These drugs include LSD, mescaline, MDMA (ecstasy), PCP, and psilocybin (magic mushrooms).
Heroin The potent, widely abused opiate that produces a profound addiction. It consists of two morphine molecules linked together chemically.
Hippocampus A brain structure that is involved in emotions, motivation, and learning. It plays an important role for short-term (working) memory and is crucial for our ability to form long-term memories.
Homeostasis The process of keeping the internal environment of the body stable while the outside world changes.
Hypothalamus The part of the brain that controls many bodily functions, including feeding, drinking, and the release of many hormones.
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