“I know many very well-qualified therapists, people whom I would trust to treat my friends and family, who forget everything they know about human beings once a person with an addiction walks into their offices.” … More Finding the Right Therapist with an Addiction is Critical
I’m so glad to have found this program! The training is great, too!
Thought provoking interview with a neuroscientist about whether addiction is a disease or a compulsive behavior that has been over-learned. “Behaviors can become compulsive and hard to control but that doesn’t make it a disease.” Rather, it makes it a kind of automatic response tendency that’s been over-learned. Why Addiction is not a Disease
If you are not ready to totally abstain, you can at least minimize the risk to your health, career and relationships by utilizing at least some of the elements of Harm Reduction. Here is a brief introduction, then additional short videos explain each element.
In 2006, one of the most prestigious scientific research organizations in the world, the Cochrane Collaboration, conducted a review of the many studies conducted between 1966 and 2005 and reached a stunning conclusion: No experimental studies unequivocally demonstrated the effectiveness of AA” in treating alcoholism. This group reached the same conclusion about professional AA-oriented treatment … More The Old 12-Step Model is Falling by the Wayside
Have you found this to be true, that it’s the 3rd drink that does you in? I have. After the second drink, sometimes I wonder why I ordered the third drink, but by the time it’s gone, I want another and another. These are 33 reasons that third drink literally ruins your life: 33. Because … More The devil, my friend, is in the third drink!
A terrifying new “legal high” has hit our streets. Methyl-carbonol, known by the street name “wiz,” is a clear liquid that causes cancers, liver problems, and brain disease, and is more toxic than ecstasy and cocaine. Addiction can occur after just one drink, and addicts will go to any lengths to get their next fix … More A New High of Epidemic Proportions-Has it Entered Your Home?
So, so sad-Russell Brand on Phillip Seymour Hoffman– In spite of his life seeming superficially great, in spite of all the praise and accolades, in spite of all the loving friends and family, there is a predominant voice in the mind of an addict that supersedes all reason and that voice wants you dead. This … More Phillip Seymour Hoffman’s Death-Unnecessary yet Inevitable
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My favorite- 1. MY SENSES ARE HEIGHTENED X1000 Wow I feel everything with a noticeable heightened sensitivity. This includes emotions, muscle pain, sense of smell, hearing, and taste. My nose is so sensitive to smells I am ALWAYS saying “it smells like ___ in here”, or whoa, it smells SO strong. My emotions are crazy, … More Benefits of Being Alcohol-Free for 1 Year
I wish AA worked, it just doesn’t, despite being mimicked as the way to recover from every malady and bad habit you can think of. If it truly was the way to a new lifestyle America would look like a very different place. A new book by Lance Dodes, MD, “The Sober Truth: Debunking the Bad Science … More Unfortunately AA Just Isn’t Effective
David Colman wrote a fascinating article last week , in the New York Times, Challenging the Second A in A.A., discussing the opposing, strong opinions about AA’s insistence on maintaining member anonymity. Below are some of the highlights. The timing is interesting, at a time when defenders of abortion rights are wearing T-shirts in an … More Recovery-Should we Stay in the Closet?
Do you find yourself assuring yourself that you will never allow yourself to feel so miserable again. You realize fully that last night, once again, you seem to have forgotten how lousy overdrinking makes you feel. You well know your limit, but somehow, when the number of drinks is getting close to it, you are feeling so … More My Last Hangover! Really, Truly This Time!
Take a look at a short video by Dr. Marc Kern that compares the life of substance abuse to a carousel. We may have the sensation of going somewhere, but it’s only up and down movement-getting high or a buzz and then going down again into depression and remorse, over and over and over again-finding … More The Merry-Go Round of Addiction
While a lot of recovery programs emphasize rational thinking, a new approach similar to a video game focuses on impulses. As with any addiction, like smoking or overeating, we can know all the reasons in the world why we should not be reaching for that cigarette or third serving or drink. It can even feel … More Curing Alcohol Addiction with a Joystick?
Choose your movies carefully, a new study published in theThe Journal of Neuroscience shows that “in addition to activating brain areas linked to addiction, watching movies in which people smoke activates brain areas that drive the body movements a smoker makes hundreds of times a day while puffing on a cigarette. The physical habit of reaching for … More The Movie Made Me Relapse!
A recent post mentions a new study that shows the effectiveness of Baclofen in the treatment of alcohol addiction. Other studies show that one of the effects of the medication is on the level of the “love drug” oxytocin, that plays a role in bonding behaviors. Maybe that’s why so many drinkers experience the bottle as a … More Addiction and Oxytocin
A recent study shows that when we aren’t paying attention to what we eat, we tend to eat more and even get hungry sooner. When we are distracted, we can’t remember how much we’ve eaten and memory is tied to satiety. Researchers found that distracted eaters, who were playing computer solitaire, “felt significantly less full just … More Savoring Each Sip!
The desire to drink is truly “wired into our brains.” Bad habits are ingrained very deeply and intensely. Why are they stronger than good habits? -because we’re like toddlers who love and crave immediate reward. Dr. Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse and an authority on the brain’s pleasure pathway says … More Can’t Lick that Darn Habit? It’s Wired into Your Brain
Good news! A small, but good study, using a “gold standard trial design and evaluation methodologies,” replicated the Italian study finding that Baclofen is effective in the treatment of alcohol addiction. A previous post talks about French cardiologist Dr. Oliver Ameisen’s discovery while treating himself. He was desperate for help after trying every known remedy. In … More Study Shows Baclofen Effective Treatment for Alcohol Addiction