166: The Science of Addiction with Dr. Michael Hanna

Dr. Sandra Morgan and Dave Stachowiak talk to Dr. Michael Hanna about how addiction is actually a brain disease and that treating addiction is a very complicated task that involves the mind, body, and soul.

Key Points

The 5 Cs of Addiction:

  1. Control (loss of)
  2. Compulsive use
  3. Continued Use
  4. Consequences
  5. Cravings

Other Points:

  • Addiction is a loss of control and continued use despite negative consequences.
  • Addicts already know it’s bad for them — you don’t need to convince them.
  • Most addicts don’t get the high that they used to — they’re just trying to maintain a sense of normalcy.
  • Addiction is not a willpower issue — it is a physiological response.


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Sandie Morgan

Sandie Morgan, PhD, RN is recognized globally for her expertise in combatting human trafficking and working to end violence against women. As Director of Vanguard University’s Global Center for Women & Justice (GCWJ), she oversees the Women’s Studies Minor as well as teaching Family Violence and Human Trafficking.
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