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Recovery (like Addiction) Relies on Neuroplasticity

Recovery (like Addiction) Relies on Neuroplasticity

There’s nothing chronic about this “chronic brain disease.” The experts at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) are very clear: “Addiction is defined as a chronic, relapsing brain disease.” (Here’s the NIDA party line in a bit more detail.) As you can see, addiction is viewed as a chronic disease much like cardiovascular disease or diabetes. And they should know, right? After all the[…]

4 Ways to Be There for Someone Recovering from Addiction

4 Ways to Be There for Someone Recovering from Addiction

It can’t be about your expectations for them. When a loved one is in crisis, it can be hard to know what to say. It can feel safer to do nothing in the hope of avoiding messy feelings or uncomfortable communication. What your loved one needs as they take their first steps toward recovery, however, is your[…]

What Makes Teenagers Abuse Drugs and Alcohol?

What Makes Teenagers Abuse Drugs and Alcohol?

A new study explores the roots of drug and alcohol use in teenagers. Drug and alcohol abuse has always been a major problem for many young people. According to the 2014 Monitoring the Future survey of drug use among 8th, 10th, and 12th graders, the reported use of illicit drugs has generally gone down though alcohol, cannabis, and tobacco are still[…]

How to Stop Kids From Binge Drinking

How to Stop Kids From Binge Drinking

We know how to do it, but need the social push The United States has come a long way in encouraging people to smoke less or quit. We need a similar push against alcoholism and binge drinking. Public health measures do help. On U.S. campuses, nearly 40 percent of students confess they’ve downed 5 or more alcoholic drinks at a[…]

6 Strategies to Communicate With Anger Addicts

6 Strategies to Communicate With Anger Addicts

How to deal with angry controlling people Anger can tyrannize relationships. One woman I treated had stopped having any male friends because she was afraid of her partner’s unrelenting jealous anger. If she went to lunch, for instance, with a male colleague from work her partner would barrage her with cell phone messages during the meal. Initially, unable[…]

Cheating Yourself? I Hear the Advice, I Do What I Want

Cheating Yourself? I Hear the Advice, I Do What I Want

People have to be met where they are (at all levels)….. A depressing video I recently watched a video about the use of new technology to change health behaviours in the elderly. It should have been inspiring and uplifting. Instead, it was depressing. The unhealthy elderly man in the video, let’s call him Jim, desperately needed to[…]

3 Ineffective Ways I Tried to Manage and Enjoy My Drug Use

3 Ineffective Ways I Tried to Manage and Enjoy My Drug Use

Alert: If you’re trying to manage your drug use, you’re not enjoying it anymore As an active addict, I was an amazing storyteller. “I don’t have a problem” was one story I liked a lot. Another related one: “It’s all under control.” A third and more specific variation: “Coke is not interfering with my life.”[…]

Teach Your Teen About Alcohol

Teach Your Teen About Alcohol

One in five teens will get into a car with a driver who has been drinking. You might think high school drinking is probably harmless. But consider these numbers. In a 2015 survey of U.S. high schoolers by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 18 percent reported downing five or more drinks in a two-hour stretch—in other words,.binge drinking. Almost[…]

The Dopamine Reward System: Friend or Foe?

The Dopamine Reward System Friend or Foe? | Willing Ways

Getting dopamine from your best connections not your worst vices. Dopamine is trending as the most popular neurotransmitter. And why not? There are days I think it rules the world or at least the day-to-day activities of my friends and family. The craving you have when you smell the coffee brewing in the morning—thank dopamine. That elation you feel[…]

TV Binge Watching Disorder

TV Binge Watching Disorder

Confessions of an Unabashed TV Junkie As those of you who follow developments in the field of psychiatry and diagnosis know by now, the American Psychiatric Association with its release in 2013 of the DSM-5, introduced us to a new psychiatric/behavioral disturbance called “Binge Eating Disorder(BED). While heralded by some like the long-overdue legitimization of pathological eating behavior,[…]

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