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What do Tourette syndrome, heroin addiction and social media obsession all have in common? They converge in an area of the brain called the striatum, says neuroscientist Rachel Wurzman — and this critical discovery could reshape our understanding of the opioid crisis. Sharing insights from her research, Wurzman shows how social isolation contributes to relapse and overdose rates and reveals how meaningful human connection could offer a potentially powerful source of recovery.

For 50 years Calvin struggled with alcoholism and drug addiction. For the past 12 years he’s been in recovery – and hasn’t looked back. Now a peer support specialist at Atrium Health, Calvin is helping others with the battle of addiction.

Susan Riegler lectures about how addiction can occur in any family and it can be difficult to know if you are helping or inadvertently contributing to the problem. There are many points of intervention along the path of addiction. Learn to identify when there is just such an opportunity and what to say when the moment arrives.